The match, held under floodlights at Ledbury Rugby Club, was watched by more than 1,500 spectators. As a curtain-raiser, eight under 11 rugby teams from Malvern RFC, Ledbury RFC, Abberley Hall School, Packwood Haugh School, Prestfelde School, The Elms School, The Downs Malvern and Monmouth School Boys’ Prep played in a junior tournament.
This set the stage for a fantastic evening of rugby as Monmouth scored in the opening minute and a slightly shell-shocked Malvern had to find the reply. The match produced exciting end to end rugby throughout the first half with both teams going through the phases and defending stoutly. But just before half time Monmouth scored to lead 12-7 at the interval.
In the second half, Monmouth had much of the possession in the early stages, but Malvern kept them at bay. Malvern scored a try from a sublime cross-field kick by Sillence which number eight, Yeoward caught and touched down in the corner. Forbes added the extras to take the score to 14-12 to Malvern. Malvern extended their lead from a free kick five metres out to make it 21-14 with Forbes successfully converting. With 15 minutes left on the clock Malvern won a scrum on the halfway line. Yeoward then picked up and passed to scrum-half Oliver Millard who straightened and fed Ladwa. Once the young wing got hold of the ball he left everyone in his wake to score under the posts, a try that was converted by Forbes. In the last 10-minute period of the game Malvern’s players produce heroics, with Monmouth throwing everything at them. Monmouth kicked a penalty to make the score 28-17 before crossing the whitewash in the closing moments of a very tense affair. But Malvern put their bodies on the line to thwart the Monmouth attack.
Eventually Malvern forced Monmouth to knock on which lead to a scrum before they kicked the ball out.
Nick Tisdale, Master in charge of Rugby at Malvern College, said: “The game was a superb spectacle of schoolboy rugby, with both sides looking to attack from all angles. I am sure that the game and the occasion will stay in the boys’ memories for years to come.”