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