King’s is celebrating after a resounding win against RGS at Worcester’s Sixways Stadium this week. The King’s 1st XV were determined to keep hold of The Modus Challenge Cup trophy after successfully securing it from RGS in 2019. Tries from Will C, Captain Alex T, Jack L, Will W and George H saw King’s beat RGS comprehensively by 39 points to 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.
As usual, the event attracted a large crowd, providing a vibrant and energising atmosphere at Sixways. With over 3,400 spectators at the stadium and over 6,500 people joining the on-line live stream, it was possibly the biggest spectator schoolboy rugby event we have ever seen in this country, provided by @Next Gen.
It was a pleasure for Liz Elliott, Sophie Borillo-McLellan and Amanda Sutcliffe in the Development and Alumni Relations team to see so many OVs on the evening. Many had dashed from work or travelled from all around the country to be with us and support the boys in blue (or pink and white, on the night!). It was lovely to catch up and connect with so many amongst the celebrations. It was also lovely to have Julia Roberts (Hon OV), widow of Marc Roberts (Hon OV), at the match, especially as the game started with a one minute applause for Marc, who sadly died in September. The crowd in the stands were on their feet in recognition of Marc’s incredible service to King’s and rugby. This was a special moment and one we were honoured that Julia was there to share.
Three OVs had sons playing in the match. George H, George T and Josh H all had their Fathers (who remember this prestigious fixture well from their own King’s days) hollering in support, excitement and pride from the stands.
Commenting on the fixture, 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.”
If you were unable to make the match, you can watch the Modus Cup match back here. The teams come on the pitch 17 minutes into the footage.