Term started with more than half the year group playing for the U12 rugby teams at Hilsea and it has been great to see such large numbers of pupils continue to take part in our sports programme across the whole term.

The U12s have had a great season.  At the beginning of term they displayed some excellent passing and running skills in the match against Hampshire Collegiate.  They have since continued to play with great enthusiasm, even during some particularly wet matches.  The U12b team have looked really exciting and have scored lots of tries; the U12b team’s handling has been superb with some brilliant team play, which earned them team of the week at the beginning of October.  The 12c team have also put in some great performances playing each week.  All the Year 7 boys enjoyed their House Rugby matches at Hilsea (pictured) – the wet and muddy conditions made it even more fun.

The U13s have shown some great team spirit which keeps them going right up to the final whistle.  Against Ivybridge College in the third round of the National Cup this determination showed through, even though it didn’t lead to a win.

Steady progress has been made by the U15s this term and they have all worked hard.  This positive work ethic has paid off for the U15a team as they have progressed to the Hampshire Cup Semi-Finals following victory against Kings’ School, Winchester.

Elliott Hayden’s 40m drop goal for the U16s against Lord Wandsworth College will no doubt stand out as a season highlight.  The U16b team have had a fantastic run this season with a strong performance against Churcher’s.  The U16a put on one of the best performances of the season in a physical match against Pangbourne College at Hilsea.

For only the second time in eleven years PGS were able to field a 1st, 2nd and 3rd XV against Pangbourne College.  The 3rd XV had an enjoyable time away at Pangbourne and are all really keen to play again.  The 1st XV have enjoyed good form all season, including a comfortable win against Churcher’s.  They have also had two outstanding matches – they put on a dominant display of running rugby against Magdalen College School with captain Eddie Jenkinson managing to bag five tries.  Then against Seaford College their defence was well organised throughout the match and Cameron Hopkins finished with a brace of tries, adding to a brilliant final score of 22-0 to PGS.

The team spirit within PGS Rugby has been fantastic all term with teams cheering each other on from the touchline which has encouraged all the players to reach deeper and bring out some great performances.