Seevic Storm in Semi-Finals of NatWest Vase
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
Rugby students at Seevic College celebrated a win against St Georges College to secure a place in the semi-finals of the NatWest Schools under 18 Vase.
The men’s rugby team won 30-19 against St Georges College from Weybridge in the quarter-final, having also defeated Brentwood School, West Hatch High School, Westcliff High School for Boys, St Olave's Grammar School and Hurstpierpoint College.
Captain Ricki Gould, 17, who previously attended Cornelius Vermuyden School and also plays for Southend RFC and Essex, said: “At the beginning of the season we started a bit slow and it took us a couple games to really get into the swing of things, including playing new structures, but now I feel we are firing from all cylinders.
Every round gets progressively harder but with that we manage to up our own game to the next level - the boys desire to win every game is second to none! We’re going to the semi-finals to win and achieve something no Seevic Rugby Team has ever done.”
The team will be facing Stockport Grammar School in the semi-final on Saturday 7 March at Allianz Park – the home ground of Rugby Union Premierships side the Saracens. If the team secures a win, they will play the final at Twickenham Stadium.
Reflecting on their progress so far, Director of Rugby at Seevic College and Southend RFC First Team player, Danny Cleare said: “The lads have done fantastically well to get this far. It is really rare for a Further Education College to get to the latter rounds in this competition, as you come up against some of the most prestigious schools in the country who have had the same crop of players for many years and are therefore really well drilled and organised.
“The fact we are beating these schools is testament to the group of players we have and the hard work and sacrifice they make. As well as training three times a week in college hours, they also stay late after college on a Monday and Friday for strength and conditioning – as well as giving up days in the holidays to come in and train.
"We have some really talented players within our group but what separates us from other teams is our togetherness and desire to succeed - for this reason I truly believe this group of players can create history and win this competition.”
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