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Rugby Cuppers Final – Keble Champions!

Friday 01 May 2015

Keble 37 – Teddy Hall 11

In an exhilarating match up at Iffley Stadium last night Keble Rugby secured a huge win against their rivals Teddy Hall in the College Cuppers Final, bringing home the trophy in style.

They went down 3 points quite early on as Teddy Hall used their big runners to knock us back and pressure us into making mistakes at the breakdown. From the restart we regained possession and started stringing together phases, soon securing a line out on their 5m line. This resulted in a push over try from a maul scored by captain Jonny Mitchell. The Hall were shaken, but not broken as a deadlock ensued with both teams throwing everything into the contact area. Eventually Keble clawed back some territory, drew in the heavy Hall pack and spread the ball wide to put last year's captain Sam Steinert in for a try. The pressure then turned heavily against Keble in their own half, and a loose pass was intercepted by a Teddy Hall centre who put the last scores on the board before the half-time whistle.

The second half saw a renewed level of aggression and speed from Keble. An early line-break led to a try by veteran Oakley Cox just a couple of phases later. The only blip came from conceding three points from a penalty in their own half in what was an entirely dominant second half for Keble. A mixture of clever kicking and relentless go-forward in attack meant Keble remained  solidly in Teddy Hall's half and they converted pressure into points with tries from winger David Peberdy and scrum-half Sam Egerton. The final whistle went with Keble 37 points up to Teddy Hall's 11, and the crowd that had been hugely vocal all night and behind the team all year rushed onto the pitch, enveloping the players in a mass of blue, red, and white.

The win reflects the season of hard work, team-building and stand-out performances that KCRFC has had this year, and the debt to the supporters is best put in Vice-Captain Matt Gompels' words: 'Yesterday was one of those rare, yet wonderful moments when you see an entire college community come together. Every time we left that changing room, it was frankly pretty humbling, for us to take that field, knowing that we had the immediate backing of so many friends and family. As an amateur player, I can safely say it is a memory I will treasure far beyond my time at Keble. Thank you all so much again, from all the team.'

Try scorers were: Jonny Mitchell (captain), Oakley Cox, Samson Egerton, David Peberdy, Sam Steinert

Two penalties and three conversions hit by Jacob Taylor.