Clifton defeated in oldest fixture
ENGLAND'S oldest inter-schools rugby union fixture took place in Bristol on Saturday, between Clifton College and their Marlborough counterparts, in the presence of 3,000 interested spectators, which included England head coach Stuart Lancaster.
These teams first clashed in 1864 – the year that Brunel's Suspension Bridge was officially opened – and it ended in a brawl.
Saturday's match, which was refereed by Tony Spreadbury and marked the centrepiece of Clifton's 150th celebrations, was keenly-contested, with second half tries by Jack Bradby and Hugo Harris, plus a first-half penalty from Charlie Norman, giving Marlborough a 13-5 Governor's Cup victory. Hooker Ben Gomples rumbled over from a driving line-out for Clifton's try.
In the Colleges Cup match, Cheltenham Juniors defeated Clifton Prep School 32-14, in a highly-entertaining contest.
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Full-back Thomas Joseland claimed two first-half tries for Clifton, with Oliver Hill adding both conversions, to give his side a 14-10 interval lead. But the visitors' much bigger pack came to the fore in the second half.
Mark Moore, headmaster of Clifton College, said: "We were delighted to host the latest instalment of the oldest inter-school fixture in the history of English rugby.
"We remain immensely proud of our involvement in this historic event, as well as with a game based on a foundation of sportsmanship and fair play."