Back (l-r): B Houston, S Allen, E McGuire, S Sharp, G Wright, J Lowcoc, S Hulley. Middle: M Stephenson, D Teesdale, R Knowles, L Hogan, A Scatchard, W Martin, C Murphy, F Cartwright, J Kettel, M Cook, Mr G Pickersgill. Front: J Charleswort, O Ufodiama, J Allott (capt), Mr T Barker, T Pickersgill, P Goodwill, A Sharp.

QEGS WAKEFIELD pick up our monthly award ahead of the Independent Schools Barbarians.

The Wakefield school weren’t expected to stand out this year, so their performance in getting all the way to the quarter-finals of the Daily Mail RBS Schools Cup was a tremendous effort. After wins over Silcoates, Mount St Mary’s, Stonyhurst, Hymers and Merchant Taylors’ Crosby, the run ended at Wilmslow HS.

QEGS completed their fourth season unbeaten at home, the last home loss being in January 2007 against St Ambrose College. Outside the cup, the team went down only once when a heavily depleted XV lost 25-15 at Loughborough GS.

Yorkshire U18 centre Joe Allott was an excellent captain and was brilliantly supported by No 8 Olisa Ufodiama, prop Piers Goodwill and hooker Tim Pickersgill, on and off the field.

The best wins came in the cup against Hymers and Merchant Taylors’, as well as successes at RGS Lancaster

(8-3), Woodhouse Grove (17-3) and Nottingham HS (24-8), and at home to St Peters York (41-8). There was also an exciting 15-15 draw with King’s Macclesfield.

Built on an excellent team spirit with no international stars, the team made great strides with the pack a highly competitive unit and the backs clinical and dangerous.

Check out March 2011’s School Team of the Month

This article appeared in the April 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine

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