Key Stage Three Students Witness “Tries a Plenty” on Trip to Twickenham

On Saturday 25th November 17, a group of 14 Key Stage 3 students embarked on a trip to the home of rugby, Twickenham Stadium, to witness their international rugby heroes compete against a highly physical Samoan team.

The cold 6:30am start was not enough to dampen the spirits of our highly excitable group of students, who made the long mini bus journey that more enjoyable with their continuous sing songs on the way to the ground.

After a brief stop at Membury services, where many a pretty pound was spent by our sugar hungry pupils on a variety of culinary delights, it was full steam ahead to Twickenham to arrive in good time for the 3pm kick off.

Upon arrival to the ground the students had the opportunity to gain an early glimpse of their England heroes. They positioned themselves on the arrival gate as both the England and Samoa players made their ways into the executive suites from the team coaches. Most students looked on in utter amazement at the sheer size of the players in front of them, with a few of the boys even comparing the individuals to monsters!

As the game kicked off, the group were not to know that they would be treated to an 80 minute try fest, as England overcame the opposition by a score line of 48-14, racking up a sensational seven tries in the process. The boys even got to see local hero Henry Slade of Exeter Chiefs cross the line for his second international try, which proved to be a popular moment for the on looking students.

After the game, the group began the long journey home on a significantly quieter mini bus and after another well timed stop, arrived back at Waterleat Road for 11pm, capping off a long but highly enjoyable 17 hour round trip!

All students were a pleasure to take and were a credit to the Academy.

Special thanks go to Mr Gillard and Mr Clarke for all of their efforts on the day; their contribution helped to ensure that the day developed into the rousing success that it promised to be.

Mr Smith

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