Hartpury comfortably win eighth AASE League title

  • Hartpury College beat Gosforth Academy 66-14 in AASE League final
  • Hartpury have won eight of the nine AASE League finals

Hartpury College made it an incredible eight AASE League titles in nine years after comfortably beating Gosforth Academy 66-14 at Allianz Park. 

The AASE (Academic and Sporting Excellence) League was established in 2009 to provide a competition framework for education institutions providing both academic qualifications and an elite rugby environment for 16-18 year olds. 

Hartpury have been a consistent presence ever since, with last year’s final the only time the Gloucestershire college haven’t appeared in the final. 

A 10 try masterclass, including three from second row Olly Adkins, saw Hartpury lift the trophy once again. 

Hartpury a cut above 

Gosforth, beaten by Exeter College in last year’s final, have become known for their offloading game but struggled to get going in this year’s showpiece event. 

Hartpury’s Jacob Morris got his side off to the perfect start, storming over to touch down in front of the posts after just two minutes. Fly-half Joe Winfield, who scored 18 points overall, converted his first to make it 7-0. 

Hartpury’s brilliant start continued five minutes later when Gosforth were unable to deal with the opposition’s rolling maul. Second row Olly Adkins touched down and Winfield converted to make it 14-0. 

Hartpury soon found themselves in Gosforth’s 22’ once again and this time a pick and go from number five Joe Howard made it three tries in 15 minutes. The Winfield conversion brought the score to 21-0. 

And they kept on coming, this time through the backs with Jacob Morris spotting Gosforth’s narrow defence to break through out wide. Winfield once again added the extras and their lead was now 28 points. 

Morris’ centre partner Jack Reeves was the next on the scorecard, exploiting gaps in defence to touch down under the posts before captain Ewan Fenley added a try of his own in the corner with the score 40-0 at half time. 

Perfect 10

Harptury immediately found themselves in Gosforth’s half and Adkins made it two tries when he crashed over from a couple of metres out. Winfield once again added the conversion to bring it to 47-0. 

But Gosforth were able to rally, mounting a well-worked rolling maul which Hartpury had no answer for and second row Joe Lashley was able to score Gosforth’s first points with Callum Pascoe converting. 

Gosforth’s resurgence was short lived however as Hartpury continued to dominate possession and after 53 minutes Adkins showed his power to complete his hat-trick and make it 54-7.

The tries continued when winger Louis Rees-Zammitt had plenty of space to score in the corner bringing the score to 59-7.

Despite the score line, Gosforth continued to show intent in attack and England U18s player Morgan Passman added their second try of the day after picking a superb line to make it 59-14.  

With Gosforth tiring, Hartpury got their rolling maul going and replacement Bertie Stretch scored the final try of the game with Winfield knocking over his ninth conversion to make it 66-14 at full time. 

TEAMS

Hartpury College Gosforth
1 Shay O'Malley 1 Jacob Dunsdon
2 Morgan Nelson 2 Adam Hay
3 Ethan Seville 3 Oscar Caudle
4 Olly Adkins 4 James Barker
5 Joe Howard 5 Joe Lashley
6 Bailey Watts 6 Tom Marshall
7 Bec Fissenden 7 Mason Lewthwaite
8 JJ Tonks 8 Ethan Clarke
9 Ewan Fenley 9 Josh Dixon
10 Joe Winfield 10 Callum Pascoe
11 Louis Rees-Zammitt 11 Shaw Lorimer-Bell
12 Jack Reeves 12 Morgan Passman
13 Jacob Morris 13 Nathan Henderson
14 Calum Barrett 14 Seamus Hutton
15 Jack Curtis 15 Will Roberts
16 Rowan Mullis 16 Archie Barber
17 Bertie Stretch 17 Lewis Spark
18 Alex Hunt 18 Ash Sinton
19 Sonny Facey 19 Grant Steward
20 Vine Everitt 20 Luke Giles
21 James Clancy 21 Gabe Appleby-Rutter
22 Josh Phipps 22 Lewis Williams
23 Isaac Marsh 23 Eliot Everton
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