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RGS sack Castleford to claim first League triumph
HIGH Wycombe RGS became the first school to win national school finals in both rugby codes after they stormed to a stunning triumph at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
They trounced Castleford Academy 44-4 in the Year 7 Boys National Final to add their first ever League crown to their multiple Daily Mail Cup victories at Twickenham.
The match was the curtain-raiser to the Challenge Cup Final between Wigan and Hull, and it was even more one sided as RGS outscored their opponents by nine tries to one.
Inspirational RGS captain Efan Morris scored four times himself in a Man of the Match display, while Roshan Russell (2), Aaron Bello (2) and Jack Wakely also went over a rampant second half performance.
Liam Doubler, director of Sport and PE at RGS and the man who introduced League to the school six years ago, said: “It was another fantastic day for the school, just brilliant.
“We travelled down to Wembley on Friday to have a look around and then came back for a training session and to dish out the kit.
“But like 2011, the boys just took it in their stride. As adults, you’re thinking that this is amazing, but the boys took to it like ducks to water.
“They’re year seven so this is their first year at school and it’s a fantastic start.
“The core skills are really high and there is so much potential there. This is really something to really build on.”
In dreadful conditions, the match got off to a tense start with an early score from Morris cancelled out by a Castlefield reply.
The Yorks school then tried to take the initiate, but Wycombe’s defence held out and after absorbing Castleford’s sting they went on the front foot and two more Morris scores gave them a 14-4 lead at the interval.
And by then the match was already won.
The Bucks school only got better after the turnaround and after wing Russell went over less than a minute after the restart further scores from Russell, Bello and Wakely wrapped up an emphatic victory.
Doubler said: “The first ten minutes was quite tight and both sides really got stuck into each other.
“But in the second half we opened up a bit more and really took it to them.
“It was a controlled performance and a total pleasure to watch the boys play. They are mature beyond their years.
“It was absolutely torrential at the start, but credit to both sides because a lot of people said our final was of higher quality than the Challenge Cup Final.”