The College's sixth form rugby team were back in action for the second time this season in the RFU organised Central Venue League at Trojans RFC near Eastleigh. In keeping with the flexible nature of the competition, the ten Christ the King players joined up with four players from Portsmouth College (PC) to make a fourteen strong team. It was pleasing to see how well the team combined and the major contribution made by the mainland guests.
Overall, the team played some excellent rugby over the course of their two games. They started against a team made up mainly of players from Bay House School in Gosport, who had edged a tight encounter against College back in December. However, the tables were turned this time as Christ the King/PC produced a fine brand of rugby featuring pace, enterprise and strong support play. The game was won 29-5, as George Huish scored two tries and two conversions, while Rob Sice, Callum Morgan and PC player Ben added further touchdowns.
Itchen College were the much more challenging opposition for the second game, fielding a capable team considerably bigger and more powerful than Christ the King/PC. Matters looked ominous in the early minutes as Itchen bombarded the opposition line; though they met with stout defence, a brilliant running line from one of their enormous forwards led to a try. However, Christ the King/PC responded in style and contributed to a great contest between two well matched teams. Neither team could quite break through, and the final score was 5-0 to Itchen College. Coach Leahy was delighted with this performance, which was actually better than in the victorious opening game.
The exceptional Huish was the pick of the backs, while James Viney did especially well in the forwards. All players acquitted themselves well and played with exemplary sportsmanship.
Team: Jack Sanders, Rob Sice, Luke Stubbings, George Huish, Callum Morgan, Joe Greedy (C), James Viney, Ryan Tulloch, Arty Vince, Brad Taylor.