St Benedict's School of Ealing are through to the sixth round of the U18 Daily Mail National Rugby Cup, after a hard fought 13-8 victory over Campion School from Hornchurch, Essex.
The young Ealing side, who had three U16 in their ranks, showed great character and determination to win this away game, with the whole of Campion School turning out along the touchline to cheer their players on.
The Saints had a great start, with Andrew Haston scoring an early try for a 5-0 lead. Campion replied with a penalty, but Stuart Pearham was also successful with a kick at goal and the half-time score was 8-3.
After the interval, Campion took the game to St Benedict's. Terrific defence and great discipline kept the Essex team at bay until the last minutes of normal time when a try levelled the scores at 8-8.
The conversion came off the top of the upright and bounced back. It looked like a vital piece of luck for the
Saints but was made academic moments later when, from the kick-off, St Benedict's went straight back on the attack and, well into injury time, Ross McIntosh scored a great try to clinch a famous victory.
This young side have exceeded expectations this year. Under captain Tom Jewers and newly arrived coach Nick Guise, the team has come together and grown in stature.
Against Campion, it was a team performance that carried the day but special mention should be made of prop Saul Gerald and No 8 Jamie Acton for storming displays.
Guise said: "This has been our game of the season, so far. The team couldn't have played any better."
St Benedict's are now into the last 16 of the competition, with the next game due to be played at home against Whitgift School, Croydon on January 21.