November 15th saw the annual fixture between King William's College 1st XV and Castle Rushen High School 1st XV.
KWC kicked off on a bright, but windy day on 'Big Side'. The 1st XV started the game with an extremely high intensity and dominated the early exchanges. Playing against the wind in the 1st half is always a tough ask, but we battled hard and managed to get over the line through Jamie Raatgever to lead 5-0. College continued to pile on the pressure throughout the first half, going in at half time leading 17-0 with tries from Matthew Holt and Illiam Parnell and a conversion from Luca Simmons.
The tide certainly turned at the start of the second half. Castle Rushen had possession of the ball for the first 10 minutes and capitalised on this sustained pressure with two tries, making the score 17-10 with 25 minutes left to play.
The College 1st XV showed great character and resilience to overcome that period of pressure and Simmons was on hand to slot a very important penalty over the posts, 20-10. The final exchanges led to some very exciting rugby but Josh Duncan was on hand to finish a very well executed set play to make the final score 27-10 to King William's College 1st XV.
A brilliant game of rugby and an excellent advertisement for Isle of Man rugby. Well done to both teams in making the fixture such an entertaining spectacle.