Seevic Men's Rugby Team finish national runners up at Twickenham
Thursday, 26 March 2015
Seevic College Men’s Rugby Team have finished runners up in the NatWest Schools Vase at Twickenham.
After coming through nine rounds against the best college teams in the country, Seevic suffered a brave 13-5 defeat to Churcher’s College at the home of rugby on Wednesday 25 March.
More than 1,000 college teams entered the national competition, and the historic achievement of reaching a national final came towards the end of a hugely successful season for the team.
Wing Amos Filson nearly inspired a second-half comeback for Seevic with a well taken try, to delight the travelling Seevic support, but in the end Churcher’s held on for a tense win.
After the match Seevic Director of Rugby Danny Cleare said: “Our journey has been a successful one that none of us will ever forget. The boys have been outstanding and should be proud of themselves.”
Seevic Flanker Joe Hedges’ father Paul flew in from Singapore especially for the match.
Almost 500 friends, family, students and staff from Seevic travelled to Twickenham to cheer on the team.
Joe, 17, from Rayleigh, said: “Playing at Twickenham has been the best experience of my life and it was just so gutting that we couldn’t get the win. It really hurts that we have lost but we should be proud of what we have done as it’s a great achievement.”
England international scrum-half Ben Youngs had a message of support for Seevic’s players and travelling support.
Youngs, who scored two tries in England’s recent 55-35 win against France in the Six Nations, said: “Twickenham is an amazing place to play and now they’ve got a taste of it they will want more. I’m sure it will give them more motivation to succeed in what they want to do.
“Just getting here is a massive achievement and there’s certainly plenty for Seevic to be proud of. They brought a good crowd who were very loud and I’m sure it’s something they will always remember.”
To reach the final Seevic defeated Brentwood School, West Hatch High School, Wesctliff High School for Boys, St Olave’s Grammar School, Hurstpierpoint College, St George’s College Weybridge and Stockport Grammar School.
Seevic’s team was made up of players who previously attended 15 different schools spread across South Essex.
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Seevic Team: Will Weston, Finlay Macintyre, Najee Mundicha, Curtis Biddle, Jake Collins, Joe Hedges, Charlie Cannon, Chris Shields, Ricki Gould (captain), Harrison Friswell, Lewis Johnstone, Munashe Muzuzu, Jordan Lowe, Amos Filson, Ed Howlett.
Replacements: Matt Bevan, Luke Taylor, Billy Wright, Mitch Webb, Andre Barrett, Adrian Ishmail, John Sagomba.
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