St Joseph’s College progress in Natwest Cup after defeating Whitgift 20-12

St Joseph's (Red & White) v Whitgift in quarter-finals of Natwest Cup
Sam Easton for St jos

St Joseph's (Red & White) v Whitgift in quarter-finals of Natwest Cup Sam Easton for St jos

St Joseph’s College progressed to the quarter-finals of the Natwest Cup, with a hard-fought 20-12 home victory over two-time winners Whitgift, on Wednesday afternoon.

St Joseph's (Red & White) v Whitgift in quarter-finals of Natwest Cup
Celebrations for St Jo's

St Joseph's (Red & White) v Whitgift in quarter-finals of Natwest Cup Celebrations for St Jo's

The Suffolk hosts will face head coach Joel Unsworth’s former school, Wilmslow, in the last-eight, again in Ipswich, following the win.

St Jo’s got off to a good start and Luke Cerely got over in the corner after a good drive from the home team. The conversion was missed

In a tight first half, that was the only score, Whitgift missing a penalty to reduce the deficit.

Early in the second half, St Jo’s increased their lead when Ross Taylor showed a turn of pace to weasel his way through the Whitgift defence and score in the corner. Again, St Jo’s failed to add to their tally with the conversion.

St Joseph's (Red & White) v Whitgift in quarter-finals of Natwest Cup
Celebrations for St Jo's

St Joseph's (Red & White) v Whitgift in quarter-finals of Natwest Cup Celebrations for St Jo's


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The visitors pulled some points with an unconverted try from a tap and drive before Luke Palmer displayed strength in abundance to charge over the line with an unconverted try, well supported by his team-mates.

Whitgift again hit back with another drive to the line, which was converted, but Cameron Ives showed some good skill and pace to calm the nerves with a try in the last few minutes.

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Full report in Friday’s EADT and Ipswich Star

St Joseph's (Red & White) v Whitgift in quarter-finals of Natwest Cup
Sam Easton for St jos

St Joseph's (Red & White) v Whitgift in quarter-finals of Natwest Cup Sam Easton for St jos

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