Seaford College’s rugby teams enjoyed a triumphant weekend against local rivals Brighton College. The 1st XV, which hasn’t lost since the opening weekend of the season, continued its good form with a hard-fought 22-13 home victory, while the U14A side fared even better with a 27-0 win.
The Brighton College 1st XV had also been riding high going into the game after beating Champions Trophy finalists Epsom College earlier in the week, but they were unable to match Seaford’s spirited and savvy display.
Seaford 1st XV number 8 Jake McQuade, who scored a try in the first half, said: “It was a really spectacular win. The match was fairly even and I think the win came down to the team at Seaford wanting it more on the day. We were fired up!”
The College’s Head of Rugby, Edward Bowden, added: “In horrendous conditions we did what we needed to do, played the right game that suited the conditions to come away with the win. The boys’ passion was evident throughout with a really good team effort. It’s the two biggest teams in Sussex coming up against each other, so it was a really good day.”
Headmaster John Green, who was part of a sizeable crowd that braved the weather to cheer Seaford on, said: “It was a superb game from the first to the last whistle. There was an amazing team spirit in evidence.” The headmaster’s wife, Sian Green, who is an avid follower of Seaford’s rugby teams, added: “It was a really exciting match to watch and I felt emotionally drained by the end.”
Photos courtesy of Richard Dixon