Seaford’s U14 A team are unbeaten so far this term. For the first time in the history of the school, the U14s won matches against Hurst at A, B and C team level. The A team won 26-17, the B team won 45-0 and the C team won 19-12. Seaford’s Head of Rugby, Edward Bowden said: “The results against Hurst show the strength and depth at all levels at Seaford. Our strategy to spread our coaching resources across all levels and all age groups is paying dividends. We encourage the C team at this level with tag rugby and non-contact games to help them engage and enjoy the sport. With the U14 As unbeaten so far we are looking forward to their progress in the Sussex Cup after half term.”
With a remarkable 6 out of 7 wins this term, the Seaford 1st XV have been in excellent form this season. Highlights include an impressive victory over Pangbourne College, a strong win over Portsmouth Grammar School and a ferociously fast paced win against St John’s Leatherhead.
Although unsuccessful in their encounter with Hampton, one of the top schools for rugby in the country, the team can be proud of the close score of 14-16. Captain Andrew Dixon said: “We had a terrific preseason and have continued to develop as a side as the season has gone on. The coaches are the best Seaford has ever had. It’s Mr Bowden’s second year of coaching the 1st XV, and he has added depth to the side with his skills and knowledge. We learn something new every training session.”
Edward Bowden said: “The 1st XV are playing with real pace and power throughout the team. There have been notable performances from Jake McQuade, Lewis Morton, Matt Kouris, Hugo Squires and Jasper Brazier. The team all have a good attitude to training and are benefitting from the performance analysis sessions we provide at Seaford. They are also dedicated to our early morning pool recovery and gym sessions.”
Commenting on all of the rugby teams at Seaford Edward Bowden said: “We have had a strong half term with positive performances across the board. We plan to rest and recover over half term and look ahead to the fixtures after the break. There has been a good attitude from all players and the momentum of The Rugby World Cup has brought out increased enthusiasm for the sport.”
Edward Bowden is also currently coaching at Harlequins, and has played at club level in Italy. Another asset to the coaching team is headmaster Mr John Green, who is an ex-Saracens professional, and Harlequins Academy Coach. Andrew Dixon said: “Mr Green – awesome. He comes out training in his suit, he is phenomenal, and he has played at such a good standard. The forwards are learning a lot of amazing techniques from him. Even when he’s had an open morning, he makes the effort to come and support us with our matches on a Saturday. He’s very approachable, a great character, and it’s nice that he gets involved, it’s very motivational. He gets physically involved in the training, and it’s not every day you get to tackle your headmaster (in a suit).”
Seaford’s 1st XV squad has several representative and county players: Matt Kouris, Lewis Sampson and Jake McQuade play for London Irish, Andrew Dixon, Lewis Morton and Hugo Squires play for Sussex. With training for these sides once a week, school fixtures on Saturdays, and county matches on Sundays, members of the team play rugby most days a week.
Here are the 1st XV results for the term:
Hampton Lost 14-16
Pangbourne College WON 24-5
Merchant Taylor’s WON 21-5
Townsville (Australia) WON 38-10
Worth WON 24-10
Portsmouth Grammar School WON 24-6
St John’s Leatherhead WON 36-31