St Paul’s did battle against St Andrew’s in the Rawson Cup Rugby Final on 26th May, at the Sydney University Football Ground (formally No. 2 Oval), going down 45-10. The match was played under lights, and was a great spectacle for the packed out grandstand. As anticipated, the contest was a fiery one, with plenty of passion displayed both on and off the field.
The Paulines drew first blood through second-year, Will Goddard, slotting an early penalty to take the score to 3-0. Paul’s would not see any more points for 60-odd minutes after that point. Drew’s went on a roll shortly after that penalty sailed through the sticks, displaying prowess across the park in all aspects of the competition.
At 38-3, freshman, George Poolman, crossed the stripe from a backline move 15 metres out from the Androvians’ try line, with Goddard slotting the conversion. 38-10. Drew’s would go on to run in another converted try, sealing the match 45-10.
A courageous effort from all involved. Paul’s now sits at second place with 9 points on the overall Rawson Cup ladder, behind Andrew’s on 13. There will be five Rawson sports played in Semester 2, with rowing pushed back due to a blue green algae infestation at the Sydney International Regatta Centre. Time enough, if good enough for the College and its 2021 Rawson Cup campaign.