Perse rugby team thwarted in NatWest Schools Vase encounter
The Perse rugby 1st XV were unable to gain revenge over Trent College after going down 27-15 in their NatWest Schools Vase clash.
Trent defeated The Perse in the semi-finals of last season’s competition at Allianz Park, the home of Saracens, so there was plenty at stake for both teams.
After falling behind to an early penalty, The Perse responded quickly with a penalty from Henry Tully to level at 3-3.
A neat nudge from Paddy Tyrell set Tommy Albright free to pounce for a try, with Henry Tully kicking the extra points, and The Perse crashed over again to take a 15-3 advantage.
The home side saw their lead reduced to 15-13 by half time, following a penalty and a converted try just before the break from Trent.
Trent added two further tries, both converted, in the second half to seal victory.
Head of Rugby Liam St John felt the result was frustrating following a strong first-half performance from The Perse.
He said: “We were in good form going into it and we started the first 20 minutes superbly, I couldn’t have wanted better from the boys.
“We played with loads of heart and thought and we really put them under pressure.
“The foot came off the gas and we gave away some daft penalties, and then they scored just before half time to make it 15-13 when we could have been 20 points clear with the performance we’d put in.
“Second half they came back and we had a mountain to climb, but on the whole we were really good in patches.
“Trent are a qualify outfit and we couldn’t do enough to see them off. It was a great cup fixture and we wish them well in the next round.”