Oundle became the
third side to reach the U18 NatWest Cup semi-finals after defeating Lymm High
School, 21-12, in a highly-anticipated match at Oundle on 12th February.
The win means Oundle
will play against Bromsgrove at Allianz Park on Saturday 7th March.
The School turned
out in force to support the Oundle team, with the School’s CCF Marching band
providing pre-match entertainment. The atmosphere was electric as hundreds of
supporters, including pupils, staff, parents and Old Oundelians, lined the
sides of the pitches.
For most of the
first half, Oundle stayed deep in Lymm territory, with the final score at half
time a solid 11-0. Oundle’s back row, comprising the Curry twins, Tom and Ben
(16) and Captain, Francis Cundell (17) lead a top notch defence. Angus McRae (16)
scored two penalties and the first try of the match came from Oundle’s Toby
Oundle began the
second half in equally convincing spirit, with Tom Curry making it 18-0 early on. However Lymm were not a side to be defeated
easily; they picked up the pace and came back strongly, scoring two tries and a
conversion to narrow the gap significantly.
anxious and tense finale lay in store, but Oundle responded positively and
attacked their opponents with the intensity they demonstrated in the first
half. With five minutes left to go, Angus McRae landed a
further penalty making it 21-12.
Head of Rugby John Olver commented, “We
played as well as we could have done in the first half, but massive credit to
Lymm as they played with real character in the second half. They probably didn’t play to their straps in the first half.
The whole match and the atmosphere
that the supporters created was a great advert for schools rugby. We don’t
teach the boys anything we didn’t learn in our playing days, it’s all about
looking after the ball and giving them a good outing up front!”
of Oundle, Charles Bush added, “This was a really spirited performance by a talented team
who played as a very strong unit and managed to stifle the talented Lymm backs
from getting too much of the ball. It was as good a performance as you
are ever likely to see from an Oundle 1st XV side – all heart, passion and
Myles Keane, Ali Taylor, James Keating, Max Howard, Doug Russell, Ben Curry,
Tom Curry, Francis Cundell (C), George Chatterton, Freddie Johnsrud, Angus
McRae, Freddy MacNaughton, Toby Warner, Oscar Marshall, Tristan Tusa
Replacements: David Golding, Ali Wright, Charlie Bradbeer, Finn Carr, James Tarbatt,
Oli Trotter, Angus Wight
Information on Oundle School
School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about
90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the
21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent,
The School’s history dates back
to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers
and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar
School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided
the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants
of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In
2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of
Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th
century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by
its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation
as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still
renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science
complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now
embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well
as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the
Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the
development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering
and philosophically, enabling pupils to
move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the
achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will
upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years,
including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015.
There are currently 1100 pupils
on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the
Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children
aged 4 to 11.