King’s First XV to Play in the NatWest Bowl Final
The King’s First XV is heading to the NatWest Bowl Final at Sixways. The players are celebrating after winning the semi-final of the NatWest Bowl competition on Saturday. The fixture was against Ampleforth College, traditionally one of the strongest rugby playing schools, with the winners due to progress to the final to be played at Sixways Stadium, home of the Worcester Warriors. On a cold wintery afternoon King’s held the upper hand for the first ten minutes, but failed to score only to see their opponents score two quick tries. Josh Moorhouse responded for his first try of the season to make it 10-7 before two further tries gave Ampleforth a clear lead at half time of 24–7. Undeterred, the boys stuck to their task, pulling the game back to 24-19 with two tries from Will Bishop. This put King’s in a strong position with ten minutes to go. Unfortunately, King’s conceded a fifth try opening a twelve point gap. Willem Humphreys cut through the defence minutes later for King’s fourth try to set up a tense last few minutes. Sustained pressure and a series of pick and gos on the Ampleforth line were eventually rewarded with a third try for Will Bishop in what was the last play of the game. Fly half Ethan Summerwill needed to hold his nerve for the conversion to record a 33–31 point victory under extraordinary circumstances. The final will be held at Sixways on Tuesday 19th March.