Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Under 15s retain the Langley Festival trophy

Under 15s retain the Langley Festival trophy

On a crisp and sunny October weekend, our Under 15 rugby team began their campaign to retain the Langley Festival trophy on the fields of Langley School in Norfolk.

The Festival, now in its fourth year, is already regarded as one of the premier festivals of its kind in the country, with a number of top teams from across the country descending on Langley School to do battle for the right to call themselves champions. 

RGS found themselves in a group alongside Abingdon School, Oakham School and St Peter's RC High School (Gloucester). The boys got off to a great start, beating Abingdon 10-0, before hitting a stumbling block as they came up against St Peter's, eventually losing 5-17. This forced the boys to regroup and come back stronger, which they did, beating Oakham 15-7 which would see them go into the cup draw.

RGS would meet tournament hosts, Langley School, in the semi-final and what a thrilling game of rugby the two schools produced. The tight contest resulted in a two-point win for RGS 12-10 which would take them to the final where they would face Bedford School.

Already buzzing from an excellent victory in the semi-final and with the knowledge that they could become the first school to successfully retain the trophy, the boys did not disappoint, winning 35-0. A fantastic performance to round off a fantastic weekend.

We must pay thanks to Langley School for yet again another wonderful weekend, which was superbly organised. We look forward to returning next year, and hopefully, having the same success.