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Huish students are members of Rugby team winning the Somerset County Cup

Extract from the Western Gazette - 4 May 2016


On 24 April the Yeovil Rugby Club Under-16 team, in their last game together, were the first Yeovil junior side to win the Somerset County Cup.

Five years ago the same group of youngsters failed to win a game all season. Yet in the first round they beat a Taunton team 19-18 on their home turf that had dominated Yeovil at every age group from Under-9s upwards.

This hard fought victory gave them self-belief and after further tough matches against Bath clubs such as Stothert and Pitt, they eventually beat Chew Valley 13-5 in the final having trailed at half-time.

This Yeovil team that has grown up together has received huge support from the club, coaching staff and parents alike. As long ago as 2005 head coach Martin Jakes turned up on Sunday mornings to encourage and teach budding five and six-year-olds the game.

Briefly taking a sabbatical to coach an older side, Jakes returned in 2009 to lead the current team that still contained a host of players who first appeared together as five and six-year-olds and would one day lift the County Cup as Under-16s - namely Dan Roulstone, Ross Plymptom, Liam Rousall, Josh Free, Artie Martin, Nathan Parker, Tom Pitman, Kieran Paul, Silas Vickery and Harry Jakes.

Now half the team are either playing for Somerset, trying out or playing for Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs academies and several others have offers of sports scholarships to various further education colleges throughout the South West.

Milo Wilson-Chalon, who gained one of those scholarships at Downside School, near Radstock, along with three other players including Jakes' son, Harry, said: "We all have a great deal to thank rugby, the Yeovil Club and in particular Martin Jakes as it has been an unbelievable lifetime experience and winning the County Cup is a great reward for everyone's hard work."

Harry, who has played since he was five and captained the side for the past two years, added: "He has been an inspiration to me on and off the pitch. He is a great coach and a great Dad."

Well done lads!

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