KING’S SCHOOL, Macclesfield held off St Paul’s School, Eltham College, Ellesmere College and Rugby to claim this month’s award.
After an unbeaten tour of Canada, the Cheshire school – led by No 8 Jack Sadler – reeled off nine consecutive wins against stiff opposition to register as good a start as any in recent memory.
There were outstanding wins over QEGS Wakefield, Lymm HS and RGS Lancaster, but the pick was a first win over Sedbergh, watched by close to 1,000 people under the Macclesfield RFC lights. Tries from Jamie Duncan, centre Ben Marsden and hooker Dominic Sheratte clinched a famous win in which there were standout displays by Sadler, Marsden, flanker Johnny Kenny and scrum-half Henry Ravenscroft.
Sadler has been a key man up front alongside a strong front row of Dan Percival, Sheratte and Mike Parker. Kenny, who missed out on an England U16 cap through injury two years ago, has been a great ball-carrier, Marsden has made breaks and ground constantly, and Ravenscroft – last year’s full-back – has slotted effortlessly into the No 9 shirt.
Matt Stubbs has kicked 88 valuable points – none more so than the 11 against Sedbergh – while the tireless Kenny is top try-scorer with eight to his name.
This article appeared in the January 2013 issue of Rugby World Magazine.