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Lyam Thorpe, Ben Kelland and Alex Rayment, all in Year 10 at the Royal Hospital School, played for Suffolk U15’s vs Norfolk on a bright sunny afternoon cheered on by a large crowd.

Lyam Thorpe, Ben Kelland and Alex Rayment

Lyam Thorpe, Ben Kelland and Alex Rayment

The match took place at Norwich Rugby Club on Sunday 11 November. Suffolk started as the stronger side and had the best of the early exchanges but then seemed to lose their concentration allowing Norfolk to run in 4 tries – 3 of which were converted. Suffolk regained their composure and managed to score an unconverted try in the dying minutes of the first half. The half time score was 26-5 to Norfolk.

Suffolk picked up further in the second half and, with the sun direction to their advantage, played some very fluent rugby with the whole team combining well. They scored a further 5 tries, 4 of which were converted, resulting in a final score of 34-26 to Suffolk.

Alex Rayment and Ben Kelland also play for the Northampton Saints EPDG and Director of Sport, Paul Hardman, said, “Playing representative rugby is excellent experience for the boys. It brings some maturity to their game and opens their eyes to the how the game can develop beyond the school playing fields. All are fine prospects for the future.”

The Royal Hospital School is a coeducational boarding and day school for 11 to 18 years olds set in 200 acres of Suffolk countryside overlooking the River Stour. http://www.royalhospitalschool.org