King’s make good progress in national cups

King’s College are through to the next round of the NatWest National Under-18 and Under-15 Knockout Cup competitions.

The under-18s beat Weston College 26-14 and took their first step towards the final that takes place at Twickenham next April, while the under-15s won 43-19 against King’s Ottery.

Director of rugby Ed Lewsey, who took up his post in the summer, said: “The boys have shown a really good attitude following on from our tough pre-season camp and are learning all the time. The first XV drew with Prior Park early on but then lost out to a strong Blundell’s side last week.

“However it was a real confidence-boosting victory over Weston College in the first round of the cup which culminates in a final at Twickenham. Two lucky sides will have their day in the sun so it’s a great opportunity and a wonderful incentive for the boys.” Lewsey continued: “There is still a lot to work on and we are a long way off the finished article. However, the boys are learning all the time.

“Our under-15s also performed very well. They are a good bunch of players and have had a good unbeaten run.

“They are very well coached by Brendan Craggs and we have high hopes for them in the future, but before then they have some tough games coming up.”

He added: “Our aim is for King’s College to compete at the top level in schools’ rugby so this has been good to start with a couple of cup successes.”

King’s Under-15s now face Ivybridge, who are a big feeder school for the Exeter Chiefs.

The Under-18s travel away to play Exeter School. The Kings Under 18 and 15 sides are pictured together with Lewsey, who is second from the right.

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