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Report: Bristol School Sports Cup – Rugby

Twelve rugby teams from schools across Bristol packed Ashton Gate to compete in the final of the Bristol Sport Schools Cup last week.

The mixed teams competed for the chance to lift the trophy at the inaugural event. In a round-robin style competition all the school teams played for two hours on the first team pitch at Ashton Gate stadium, culminating in a gold medal final.

The youngsters were excited to have a number of Bristol Rugby Players join them on the pitch. Player Mitch Eadie was impressed with the turn-out "Its good to see so many young people enjoying themselves with their school friends, playing the game I love."

For the trophy, the final saw St. Bonaventure’s triumph over Henleaze with five tries to four. 

Speaking after the game, pupils from St. Bonaventure were delighted with the hard-fought win:

"It was really tough as Henleaze are a good team and very competitive, we are just so happy that we managed to score the last try!"

Bristol Rugby Foundation CEO, Ben Breeze added "Its great to give young people the chance to not only see the development of Ashton Gate but also to get their foot on the pitch and play on the same surface as their heroes"

The support from the 300-plus crowd added to the atmosphere for the youngsters and gave them an idea of what it feels like to be a professional rugby player.

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Full results list to follow.