Royal Grammar School


RGS Welcomes South American School

RGS Welcomes South American School

A group of over 80 rugby and hockey players from St Andrew’s Scots School Argentina arrived on Monday 3rd February at the RGS gates. Having met their billets for the first time, the visitors were given a taste of the North-East. A handful of the rugby players and their billets enjoyed a quiet meal in Jesmond before rejoining the remainder of the Argentine contingent in order to experience one another’s culture.

Despite the freezing cold, the Argentinian hockey players – who had only recently left temperatures at home of over 30° C - appeared unaffected. The 1st XI played a both fast and physical Argentinian side, yet despite a goal from Robyn Waugh, the final result went against RGS in the form of a 2 – 1 defeat. Not only did the Argentinian’s field a very strong 1st XI but also showed great depth by virtue of a resounding 5 – 1 victory for their 2nd XI as well.

Following a brief tour around the centre of Newcastle, St Andrew’s Scots rugby players returned for lunch hosted by RGS before departing to Druid Park where the 2nd XV match would take place. The game opened with a try for the visitors and continued in the same manner, resulting in a resounding 30 point victory over RGS. The 1st XV match was a closely contested fixture with RGS opening the scoring following a perfectly weighted kick by the fullback Jonathan Wilkes which was dotted down by scrum-half Bruno Smith. However, it seemed the Argentinians had not travelled all the way to the freezing North of England to be pushed-over as they quickly replied with a try of their own. This exchange of tries continued throughout the second half before St Andrews Scot’s School were able to secure a 21 – 13 victory, despite a short range Ben Parker try, to confirm a clean sweep of victories for all four of the touring teams.

James Standfield (Lower Sixth)