Stonyhurst’s county crown

Stoneyhurst College in action against Lancaster RGS
Stoneyhurst College in action against Lancaster RGS

Stonyhurst College’s first XV rugby squad continued their impressive run of victories in the Under 18 Lancashire Schools’ Cup, winning their fourth-consecutive final out of the last five years.

In what has become the fiercest rivalry in Lancashire schoolboy rugby, Stonyhurst’s opponents in the final were, for the third time running, Lancaster RGS.

The Preston Grasshoppers’ new 4G all-weather pitch, funded by the RFU, was a superb venue for what would be a tense, close and thrilling match.

The match ebbed and flowed from one end to the other, with both teams enjoying good spells of territory and possession.

Both teams also defended well, but the side that was the most clinical proved to be the winner, and this is where Stonyhurst prevailed.

Three well worked team tries scored, the last just minutes from the end, proved to decisive as Stonyhurst held their composure to secure a nail-biting 17-13 victory.

Simon Charlies Director of Sport and 1st XV coach said of the game: “This was an exceptional performance as the team was severely tested in all areas of the game by a very strong side. I am delighted they have finished their season on such a high point.”