King Edward Sheldon Heath Academy were beaten but unbowed after they made their debut in the NatWest Schools Under-15 Cup.
KESH are part of the RFU’s All Schools programme and to mark their decision to enter the national schools competition for the first time they were visited by England and Harlequins wing Marland Yarde.
Their debut against King Edward VI, Aston, a school with long rugby history, ended in a 60-12 defeat in a match that was played at Birmingham Exiles’ Elmdon headquarters but Terry Dight, the master in charge was delighted with the efforts of his players.
“The game was a closer contest than the score suggests with Aston’s more experienced defence and tackling holding KESH short of the line on five occasions,” said Dight, a former Birmingham & Solihull flanker.
“However the boys never gave up and were rewarded with two tries of their own in the second half from Liam Baker and Abdul Ghaffar.
“We are out of the Cup competition but we now enter the Nat West Vase with a fixture against Barr Beacon School at home before half term.
“Thanks to Birmingham Exiles Rugby Club for the use of their facilities and Chair of Governors Peter Christopher for his message of support.”