May 22, 2019

Sedbergh Retain SOCS Daily Mail Schools Trophy With A Match To Spare


Sedbergh retained the SOCS Daily Mail Trophy in stunning fashion against rivals Wellington College.

A dream for some, that was the reality for Sedbergh skipper Tom Curtis on Wednesday evening as his last-minute conversion from the left-hand side handed Sedbergh a 17-15 victory over Wellington College to win arguably the biggest school game of the year so far.

With just a couple of minutes left on the clock, Sedbergh trailed 15-7 to a Wellington side that was playing with unbelievable passion and determination. Having refused to crack throughout the second half, as time ticked away it seemed as though they might do it. However a Curtis penalty narrowed it to 15-10 and when the referee said there was time enough to restart, the game was on.

From the kick-off, Sedbergh charged upfield and a short few phases later they were able to release replacement Harry Sheil down the left wing. He showed brilliant pace and finishing prowess to go over for a wonderful score in the left-hand corner to level the scores, leaving Curtis with the agonising touchline conversion.

Agonising for those watching of a Sedbergh, or indeed a Wellington, persuasion. For Curtis, apparently just routine for the moment his boot connected he was away celebrating

The win stretches Sedbergh's unbeaten campaign to 12 games with one Trophy game to play next Wednesday, at home to Millfield.

Sedbergh's success has given them an unassailable advantage of 7.52 points per match over second-placed Rugby School who are averaging 6.21 points in this merit-table based competition.

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