Skip Navigation Links

Eton win Powder Byrne Schools Six Nations

Rugby: At  the inaugural Schools Six Nations festival at London Scottish, Eton played St Paul's in the final. This took place on the first team pitch at Richmond RFC and it proved to be the game of the tournament.

St Paul's went 5-0 up right from the start and probably thought they were in for an easy ride, playing an abrasive forward-dominated game that had left all other teams trailing in their wake. Eton responded well with their usual tactic of trying to keep the ball out of contact as far as possible and proved quicker and sharper at breaking the line and off-loading than St Paul’s. The scores went 5-5, 5-10 then 12-10 to Eton at half-time with tries from Sam Williams and Charlie Horn and conversion from Felix Hartley Russell - off the post!  

Eton scored very soon after half-time with a set-piece move from a scrum (probably their only first-phase score of the whole tournament!)  to go 9 points up before St Paul’s managed to come back within range with a converted score of their own, a driving maul off a 5 metre line-out.  

A hat-trick try from Sam Williams in support put Eton 24-17 up only for St Paul's to put together some neat support play to equalise at 24-24.  

Pinned deep in their own 22, Charlie Dudgeon and Charlie Hobhouse pinched the ball, Seb Williams burst clear and was stopped by the St Paul’s talented number 15.  

Charlie Hobhouse picked up the pieces, fed inside to Felix Hartley Russell for him to go clear from 35 metres out for the winning try right before time was up.

Final score 31-24 to Eton and an outstanding victory for the squad.

Those who started the final were: Ed Oram, Charlies Dudgeon, Horn and Hobhouse, Ed Allen, Sam Williams, Felix Hartley Russell, Seb Williams, Paddy Cavanagh-Butler and Shane Adams, with Henry Burns coming on as a sub.  

Unused subs were Freddie Davies, Jamie Wilson, Hamish Millington-Drake, Joe Walker and Archie Hammond, all of whom (along with Rory Anderson) had played their part in the earlier stages of the tournament.

Date Posted: 13 March 2011
2011

Go Back

Articles for: 2011

Click here to view our news archive