Mr Moggan had organised a quality trip for 15 lucky pupils to travel down to Twickenham Stadium and watch England compete against Argentina in the Old Mutual Wealth Series. There was a lot of interest and those that were chosen had excellent commitment to PE clubs/fixtures and had priority.
Once we arrived we walked around the stadium and saw the William Webb Ellis gates and the statue showing the Core Values in rugby: Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship.
Walking into the stadium and seeing the pitch and stands the pupils were in awe of the pitch and stands. The group watched the England squads warm-up and felt inspired as they realised that they do the same warm-up in their rugby lessons with Mr Moggan.
The atmosphere was electric when Argentina started the game with the kick and England comfortably took control and attacked from there. England were awarded a penalty within the first 5mins when Owen Farrell stepped up and showed us why he was England's number 1 kicker. Elliot Daly got a red card early on when he tackled an opponent who was in the air and he nearly landed on his neck due to it, which put England down to 14 players for the rest of the match. For the next 15mins of the game England's Owen Farrell slotted 2 more penalties through the posts after Argentinan fouls. Near the end of the first half England showed outstanding team work gaining ground and were 5 yards from Argentinas try line and an opponent deliberately knocked the ball on, receiving a yellow card and sin bin for 10mins, putting both England and Argentina level-pegging with 14 players. We were awarded a penalty try, and Owen Farrell converted this to 7 points with one of the easiest kicks in his career. In the dying minutes of the first half Argentina made a last ditch effort getting through our defence to score a try and conversion. England went into the changing rooms at half time 16-7 up.
The second half started badly for England when Argentina caught us unawares within the first minute and broke through our defence to score a try without any real pressure from us. They scored the conversion too, making it Eng 16 - 14 Arg. England struggled under this onslaught as they were 1 man down due to the red card in the first half and their player who was sin binned was back on. However, this performance didn't stay like that for long. With a few substitutions and a disciplined England team they played better with quicker offloads and exceptional support play. Argentina kept giving penalties away, which Owen Farrell slotted home scoring us 6 further points (Eng 22 - 14 Arg). The stadium livened up with England fans enjoying themselves and singing 'Swing low sweet chariot' and the atmosphere was ineffable. With this further motivation from the fans Englands forwards kept spreading the Argentines defence thin and in the 64th minute the pressure was too much and Jonny May found a gap scoring a well-earned try, but Owen Farrell wasn't having the best second half performance and missed the conversion, as well as 2 other penalties later on. In the 74th minute our Joe Marler was on the floor in an offside position and pulled on an Argentinians leg. The Argentinian then stamped down on his head receiving a red card, whilst our Joe Marler received a yellow, leaving 13 England players and 14 Argentinian players on the pitch with 6mins left. No grudges were kept as the two players respected each other and shook hands before leaving the field. Throughout the game there was a huge sense of sportsmanship as the players let the referee make his decisions and never tried to persuade him otherwise. The final whistle was blown and England won 27 - 14 with the stadium erupting in support of such a thrilling game!
Josh - "This was the best school trip I've ever been on"