No Way Through for Winchester’s U17 Rugby XV


Posted by Kevin Gover

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Winchester’s U17 squad qualified as one the final sixteen teams in the South East of the National U17 Cup, but this fixture, an away game against a strong Sevenoaks side, pushed them to the limit and they bowed out of the national competition with the final whistle score of 13-0.

The Sevenoaks team – who have been Kent County Champions since U12 – were at virtual full strength and just had too much fire power for the visitors.  The Winchester side were themselves fielding a team short of 14 regular players – due to injuries and non-availability – and had to call up three U16 players for their subs bench (all of whom ultimately played.)

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Captain Oli Curry kept the squad morale going but as bodies and minds tired, it became clear this wasn’t going to be Winchester’s day.

At the whistle, Sevenoaks naturally celebrated their victory and rightly so. They had a good side – strong, dynamic, powerful and athletic – well organised and coached.

The Winchester team put up a totally committed and spirited performance, against the odds, backs against the walls and should be very proud of themselves.

The squad would like to give a special mention to Joey Marchant, selected for the English Colleges Team.