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St Paul's impress at AASE preseason festival

05 September 2013

  • Seven sides enjoy hit-out at Worcester
  • London Irish-afilitated St Pauls rack up 13 tries in three matches
Action from the AASE preaseason festival


St Paul’s Catholic College and Filton College both finished unbeaten at the RFU AASE preseason festival at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways ground yesterday

The festival featured seven teams in two pools – one pool of the three which saw Filton, Oaklands and Mysercough face each other in 45-minute matches and a pool of four featuring St Paul’s, Hartpury, Gosforth and Worcester Sixth From College who competed in 30-minute matches.

Last year’s AASE champions Hartpury continued where they left off last season with a raft of new faces, beating Gosforth 15-0 in their first game. However, they fell to a shock 10-5 defeat to St Paul’s in their second match before getting back on track with a 20-5 defeat of Worcester.

St. Paul’s ran in 13 tries over the course of a very impressive day and only conceded three scores during victories over Hartpury, Worcester Sixth Form College (20-5) and Gosforth (35-5).

Those results will have handed a significant boost to the London Irish-affiliated college and, afterwards, their head coach Giselle Mather said: “There’s no such thing as a perfect pre-season but it’s a good start for us.

“These were only 30-minute games, but the boys have taken on the messages from training really well and shown that in these games.”

In the other pool, last year’s AASE Cup semi-finalists Filton beat a resilient Myerscough College side – runners-up in last season’s Bowl competition – 15-5 in their first game, before thrashing last year’s AASE Cup runners-up Oaklands College 40-10. England Under 18 centre Lucas Slowik grabbed four tries.

AASE Festival Results

St Paul’s 20-5 Worcester, St Paul’s 10-5 Hartpury, St Paul’s 35-5 Gosforth, Hartpury 15-0 Gosforth, Hartpury 20-5 Worcester Sixth Form, Worcester 15-5 Gosforth.

Filton College 15-5 Myerscough, Filton 40-10 Oaklands, Oaklands 20-10 Myerscough

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