King's Worcester

20 October

King’s narrowly lose out to rivals RGS at a rain-soaked Sixways

King’s Worcester and RGS Worcester renewed their annual Modus Cup rivalry on Thursday night at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium in front of a noisy but extremely wet crowd. Kicking with the wind in the first half, RGS found themselves under pressure early on as King’s made several line breaks but just failed to apply the finishing touches with support slow to arrive.

RGS slowly grew in confidence and on twenty minutes opened the scoring with a well-struck penalty after King’s were deemed to have infringed. Not to be outdone, King’s replied through the boot of fly-half Ethan Summerwill to make the score three points all. With both sides seeking the elusive first try, it was RGS who went into the half-time break ahead on the scoreboard following a quite magnificent drop-goal from centre, Joe Thomson.

The second half began in the same dreadful wind and rain as the first half had ended and it was RGS who initially made the better of the conditions to score the first try of the game as Tom Matthews touched down. Thomson easily added the extras to give RGS a thirteen points to three lead.

This score served only to motivate the King’s players even more and a series of strong drives pushed RGS onto the back foot. With Summerwill beginning to pull the strings, King’s began to exert themselves and, after a strong break from vice-captain Owien Harriot-Davis, Summerwill found the pace to elude the cover and dive over in the corner. On a night of fine kicking, Summerwill then added the extras quite superbly to bring King’s within three points of their rivals. With time running out, King’s launched a series of sustained attacks on the RGS line but some resolute defending in the face of some fine forward and back inter-play saw RGS hang on for the win.

Both teams should be congratulated for producing such an exciting spectacle in extremely difficult conditions and, whilst King’s couldn’t quite make it four wins in a row, interest in the annual fixture remains guaranteed and both squads can be justifiably proud of their efforts.

King’s School | 15 Charles Clark, 14 Dan Humphrey, 13 James Austin, 12 Jacob Newby, 11 Sam Lowe, 10 Ethan Summerwill, 1 Josh Moorhouse, 2 Tom Gidney, 3 Will Revill, 4 Max Richardson, 5 Matt Green, 6 Henry Armstrong, 7 George Bates (C), 8 Owien Harriott-Davis

Replacements | 16 Will Bishop, 17 Henry Tunnicliffe, 18 Tom Hale, 19 Sam Martyn-Smith, 20 Joe Connor, 21 Joe Pritchard, 22 George Hale, 23 Robin Willis