Truro School 6 Stowe School 6
(Stowe went through by virtue of being the away team)
Truro School 1st XV’s hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the NatWest U18 Cup ended in heartbreak on Monday.
After the seventh round match ended level at 6-6, the Oxfordshire visitors went through by virtue of being the away team.
The game was played in very difficult conditions on a heavy ground and with frequent wintry showers.
Both defences stood firm for the first 25 minutes of the game, before Stowe converted a penalty to lead 3-0. Truro responded almost immediately with a successful penalty from South West divisional player Dan Rutter to take the home side into the interval on level terms.
Playing against the strong wind, Truro dominated the second half with magnificent driving play from the forwards. The home side were camped in the Stowe 22 for long periods and were desperately unfortunate not to cross the line on several occasions.
Sustained pressure finally told as Truro were awarded a penalty which Rutter successfully converted to give the home side a 6-3 lead midway through the half.
Stowe continued to defend valiantly and a rare attack into the Truro half led to a penalty decision to the visitors at a scrummage with only three minutes remaining.
The Stowe fly half successfully kicked the goal and the visitors managed to keep the ball following the restart to earn a 6-6 draw.
The competition rules award the visiting team the victory in such circumstances.
Graham Whitmore, Director of Sport at Truro School, said: “It is very hard to take defeat in such a manner. I was extremely proud of our players who performed with great skill and courage in very demanding conditions.
“Our tactics in the second half against the strong wind were superb and should have seen us close the game out. Stowe defended their line desperately and both sides deserve great credit for producing some quality rugby on a difficult day.”