Epsom College travel to Allianz Park this Wednesday for the final of the Champions Trophy, and the whole school community will be backing our boys.
Reaching the Champions Trophy Final is the pinnacle of Schools Rugby, and represents an outstanding achievement for the school.
Pupils and staff will be attending the final, and parents are encouraged to come along to show their support.
Entry to the ground is free, plenty of parking is available, and the match kicks off at 1pm.
For those unable to attend, we will be broadcasting the game live on our website, at the following link: www.epsomcollege.org.uk/champions-trophy-final
Epsom’s return to the finals
Epsom last reached the final in 2015, when we played Bedford. On that occasion Epsom narrowly lost out 28-21, having played outstandingly for large parts of the game.
Wellington will be enjoying their first Champions Trophy final, and their first chance of fifteen-a-side knockout silverware at U18 level since their 7-3 Schools Cup win over St Benedict’s in 2008.
Two strong sides
Both teams were among the favourites at the outset of this year’s competition and have progressed impressively through the rounds.
Wellington defeated Bristol Grammar School 16-19 in the semifinals, following a convincing 24-50 win over Berkhamsted in the quarters.
Epsom’s route to the final saw them defeat Leeds Grammar School 38-5, before beating local rivals St John’s Leatherhead 14-27 to set up last week’s semifinal. The semifinal was the definition of a game of two halves, with the first period lit up by Epsom’s best rugby this season. Hurstpierpoint came back strongly after the break, requiring excellent game management and dogged defending from Epsom.
Whatever the result this Wednesday, the final will involve two strong, deserving sides and represents an occasion that each player and both schools will treasure.