Day 11 – Harry Potter & the Grand Slam

Today the boys went to Oxford University after spending the first night with our billets. After arriving in Oxford we were given some free time to explore the area. As usual half went shopping and have went to eat.

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It was then off to Christ Church College for a guided tour. This tour showed the deep history of the college although many of the boys were more interested in the fact that the college was used to film part of the Harry potter movies. The guide explained what life was like in the times of King Henry VIII and Charles I and that it was where the story of Alice in Wonderland was conceived. Christ Church has also educated many former English Prime Ministers.

Many Oxford souveniers were bought and again food for the 20 minute trip back to Burford. The best were Tom Marchese’s 5 litre water bottle for a pound and Perry buying a Miami Florida hat.

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The last game of the Newington 2015 RWC Tour was against the Burford School no matter how good or bad this team was we knew we had to win to be one of the first Newington rugby tours to have a clear win sheet . Also being our last game of the tour we knew we had to give it our last big go , also being our last game of the 2015 season for rugby so we had to leave all our hard work on the field. Blood sweat and tears went into this tour so we had to give it our all and we worked too hard to not win all four games  . In the first minute of the game straight off the kick off Seb Danks, our tour captain scored the first try of the game with a strong performance running straight through the forward pack. Shortly after with good teamwork and communication Aiden fisher scored the second try of the game followed by a glorious try by Tom Ball stepping and running through the opposition . Aiden Fisher scored his second try of the game running straight down the wing , followed by another try from our skipper Seb running straight through the oppositions forward pack,  Harry Clarke playing a big role on the wing scoring a try down the wing making it 40 nil .

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Newingtons try streak was unfortunately ended by Burford scoring there first try out of two in the whole game, Tom Ball scored his second try in spectacular fashion shortly followed by James Douglas who worked his way into the try tally after spectacular work in the breakdown and in defense . With the score 50-7   Burford fought back to score there second and their final try of the game making the score 50-14 three more tries were scored by Newington after Burford, Ned who had a great match worked his way into the try scorers list with a spectacular whole field try , Aiden Fisher scored his third and final try of the game in spectacular fashion and Roach scored the final try of the game running through the whole Burford forward pack and worked his way around the back line once he made the break.  Kickers Perry and Ross had impeccable kicking it made several goals throughout the whole game . Although the large score margin Burford in certain stages of the match gave us a real run for our money, but being our last game through thick and thin we gritted our teeth and worked extra hard to win our final match of the tour and 2015 rugby season  we prepared for a tough match and we got nothing but a good result . Seb helped put our mind into the zone ready for a big match helping us to be positive and prepare for a tough game . All this hard work that was put into the tour and 2015 rugby season paid off helping us win all four of our games . Well done boys we worked hard and deserved it .

One of the Burford parents has taken a series of match photos for us. See the link below.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/rysf4wlljxlst16/AABy1VhjFCqo-d6D8otYQ5DBa?dl=0

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By Ned Stevens & Brennan Sortwell

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