Foundation News

19 November

King’s Retains Modus Challenge Cup Title

King’s Worcester is celebrating today after a resounding win against local school RGS at Worcester Sixways Stadium last night. 

King’s were determined to keep hold of The Modus Challenge Cup trophy after successfully securing it from RGS in 2019. Tries from Will Chater, Alex Terry, Jack Lyman, Will Wrout and George Hira saw King’s beat RGS 39-12.

King’s were clinical in attack and, despite RGS scoring the first try, King’s snatched the initiative with an early penalty, followed closely by their first try, taking and maintaining the lead from 15 minutes right up until the end.

Foundation Director of Sport and Master in charge of Rugby, Jonny Mason, declared himself as over the moon. “In what is a unique fixture, where there is a huge amount of pressure on the players, it was fantastic to see the King’s squad handle the pressure so well. RGS came out strong, but our fitness and form held and we played some great rugby, scoring several impressive tries. It was a complete performance from the team and they should be very proud of themselves.

Leading up to the game, the team played against some of the best rugby teams in the country and this helped prepare them both physically and mentally. They have had some tough fixtures this term, but have admirably seized every opportunity presented and risen to each challenge. This really put them in a strong position last night, where they dominated the game.”

Modus Cup_2021_Trophy

This game was the final in a series of 12 games King’s have played against RGS Worcester over the past two weeks. From U12 teams all the way up to U18s, King’s achieved impressive wins in 10 matches resulting in an overall points score of 482 v 179 for RGS.

As usual, the event attracted a large crowd with over 3,400 spectators providing a vibrant and energising atmosphere at Sixways. Over 6,500 people joined the on-line live stream, provided by @Next Gen, whose commentators stated that, “this is possibly the biggest spectator schoolboy rugby event we have ever seen in this country.” The King’s team truly delivered an evening to remember.

The King’s campus has been buzzing this morning following the event and the team will take great pride in returning The Modus Cup Trophy to the cabinet. Team Captain, Alex Terry, reflected on the match, “This game has been a long time coming and such a great experience for all involved. It’s been a fantastic yet challenging season so far and we’ve come a long way as a team and individually. I’m so proud the team have put their best onto the pitch at Sixways for such a huge and important local fixture.”

Headmaster Gareth Doodes was equally ecstatic with the result, commenting, “This evening has been one of truly exceptional rugby. The level of teamwork, skill and determination has impressed me beyond my expectations. The spirit of friendly rivalry displayed by both teams and their supporters was a huge pleasure to be a part of. We are looking forward very much to future sporting encounters between our two schools.”

If you were unable to make the match, you can watch the Modus Cup match back here. youtu.be/kM0E_mWigLI

King’s Line-Up

  1. Joe Clive, 2. Jack Lyman, 3. Ben Williams, 4. George Boyle, 5. Will Chater , 6. Laurie Checkley, 7. Sam Hawes, 8. Ben Withnall, 9. Alex Terry (C), 10. Josh Richardson (VC),  11. Seb Lucas,  12. George Tomlinson, 13. Luke Beever, 14. Ben Amos, 15. Charles Pillman.

Replacements

  1. Arthur Tunnicliffe, 17. Will Threadgold, 18. Will Wrout, 19. Bill Wales, 20. Ben Bartlett, 21. George Hira, 22. Elliot Fairyn, 23. Arry Ghoncheh, 24. Charlie Lewis.

Photo credit: Chris Ham