The 1st XV won a thrilling Daily Mail Vase match against Hutton GS with Sam Crowther's touchline kicking differentiating between two very equal and competitive teams.
Arnold took the lead as Ben Perkins darted through a gap from close range and, with Crowther's conversion, the home side led 7-0. Hutton hit back in convincing style and two tries midway through the first half put them 10-7 ahead. Towards the end of the first half, centre Harry McNulty scored the 1st XV's second try and, once again, Crowther was successful with his conversion for a 14-10 advantage.
Hutton began to exert some territorial dominance as the second half progressed and they scored two good tries for a 20-14 lead. However, Arnold fought back and, with about 8 minutes remaining, Perkins burst through a gap from 40 metres out. He had the speed and power to dive over in the corner for a try to trail by 19-20. It was then Crowther's turn to display his nerves of steel as he sent his conversion from the touchline over for a 21-20 lead. Hutton threw everything at Arnold in the last few minutes but the home defence held firm to move into the next round.
To see brief video highlights of the match, including Ben's try and Sam's conversion, click here to be taken to the Arnold School TV Channel.
Highlights of the U13A match against KEQMS from Monday can also be viewed on the channel.