Tuesday 1st April 2008 by C. Freeman
The Year 7 rugby team has had a promising season and their form looks set to improve in the coming years. The team has been buoyed by the delivery of a new team strip and a convincing 38-0 victory over Northampton Grammar School.
Mr Clasper said: 'The Northampton Grammar School coach said that we were the best team they have played against this year. He said our team were more physical, stronger, faster and more organised than other teams, so this bodes well for the future.'
The Year 7 team have played three fixtures which they won, lost and drew, but it's a great start for the fledgling squad, most of whom are new to the sport. Mr Clasper said: 'For the time being we're not looking to win every single match. We're looking to play the players and give them a bit of experience, then maybe in Years 8 and 9 to start getting the results in. Next year I'll enter them for the County Cup competition so hopefully we'll have some success in that. We do have a very strong Year 7 as they haven't taken a lot of coaching to get them to a very high standard.'
The encouraging form of the Year 7s is matched by the Year 10s who won two fixtures in the Daily Mail National Cup competition before going into the Plate competition where they went through to the third round before being knocked out. Mr Clasper said: 'We started to come up against private schools, some of which have seven or eight rugby pitches and only one or two football pitches so they tend to be very focussed on rugby.'
Other year groups also have rugby teams though many members of the Year 9 squad were also in the football team who got down to the final stages of the national cup competition, so their rugby fixtures were postponed to allay fixture clashes and injury worries.
The Year 7 training takes place on Mondays from 16:15 to 17:00, and training sessions for other year groups take place throughout the week. Contact Mr Clasper for more details.
He said: 'If students want to come along and train they just need a pair of boots and a pair of shorts. Training sessions consist of a warm up and coaching on how to play certain positions, how to pass and how to tackle. The recently installed floodlighting was provided 'in light' of the success gained so far and it means that our teams can train through the winter time and build on the successes they have enjoyed this season.'