Perse fly through to Semi Final of NatWest Vase
The 1st XV drew the short straw of having to travel away for their NatWest Vase quarter-final, facing not only 15 opposition players but hundreds of opposition supporters at the touchline cheering on the home team at St. George’s College, Weybridge. Nonetheless, the boys travelled full of optimism after a strong showing in their warm up fixture against Felsted School, Essex.
The opening exchanges were cagey with both teams struggling to find any rhythm, but after 15 minutes the Perse pack took control and started to exert pressure on the opposition. This created an overlap for the side who executed superbly putting Will Tyrrell away down the left side as he offloaded round the fullback to Conor Fairhead who dotted down for the game’s opening try.
This seemed to rattle the St. George’s side who then compounded their problems throwing an intercept pass that was superbly read by Henry Hackett who sprinted away to add a second try moments later. Rock solid defence kept a frustrated St. George’s side at bay through until half-time, as Perse went in 14-0 up at the break. St. George’s came out firing on all cylinders in the second half and through everything at The Perse defensive wall, dominating territory, possession and the gain line.
The Perse side, down to 13 men at one stage, got through an enormous amount of work but the pressure eventually told as St. George’s clawed back two tries to level the game. The final few minutes were tense but The Perse side managed to establish a rare foothold in the opposition 22m and held on to possession until the final whistle. Jubilant cheers rang out from the visitors whilst the home side were left shell shocked, as the ‘away team’ rule saw us through to the semi-finals.
The semi-final will now be played against Trent College on Saturday 4 March, with an 11am Kick off at Allianz Park, the home of European champions Saracens.