Warriner BGN Cup Final Thriller

On Thursday 12th November, Blessed George Napier Year 9 Rugby team, played in the North Oxfordshire District Cup Final against Warriner.  This was the third year in a row, where BGN had faced Warriner in the final.

 

Earlier in the season, BGN had beaten Warriner in the pool stages, so were confident going into the game.  However Warriner had been missing some key players in the earlier match and were now back to full strength.  From the moment the whistle blew, BGN were under pressure from a Warriner team who had come to win.  In a matter of minutes Warriner had scored and BGN were in shock.  Throughout the first half BGN struggled to hold onto the ball and had to do some desperate, but ferocious, defending to stop every attack thrown at them.  However, with some fantastic passing and brilliant pace out on the wings, BGN managed to go in at half drawing against Warriner with two tries each.

 

The second half started far more positively for BGN, with the team holding onto the ball and the forwards using their aggressive rucking and mauling to take the team forward.  BGN managed to score again after sucking the Warriner defence in before moving the ball out wide and using our pace.  The second half continued with both teams being very evenly matched.  Warriner scored twice, as they put BGN under further pressure later in the game.  With less than 5 minutes remaining, BGN had to score once more or the game would be lost.  With the team parked within Warriner's 22m line, we made our final attacking play.  Warriner defended brilliantly and made it hard work for us, but suddenly one of our players burst through the middle and scored under the posts.  The conversion was successful and the score was tied 26-26.  With less than a minute left to play, Warriner restarted the game with a kick to BGN.  The ball was caught and kicked out in to touch to seal the end of the match.  Due rules around junior rugby, no extra time could be played, so the teams were crowned joint winners. 

It had been a fantastic match between two even matched teams.  Warriner had made a fantastic start, but credit to the BGN players for turning it around in the second half. 

Well done to everyone who played and a massive thank you to North Oxford Academy and Banbury RUFC for organising and running the competition.

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