Rugby union: Greene leads from the front as St Joseph's win County Cup
ENGLAND youth prospect Curtis Greene has led St Joesph's College to their first under-18s Staffordshire Cup triumph in more than a decade.
Captain Greene, who plays hooker for his country and number eight for his college, led an impressive display of rugged defensive rugby to win the final 10-8 against Denstone.
St Joseph's dominated in close quarters, with their powerhouse pack supported by fine cover defence from a three-quarter line who refused to be pierced.
The Trent Vale side had to mount a tough rearguard action in the first half as they battled against a strong wind and playing up a slope to only conceding eight points through a try and penalty.
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But they were able to play on their terms after the break, keeping possession and getting back into the contest when Midlands prop Joe Nixon peeled off the back of a rolling maul and adopted a low-body position to break through the Denstone defence for a try.
Another brilliant forwards charge sealed the win with athletic back row Will Stone, the last man in the slick sequence ready to charge over for the winning score.
St Joseph's coach Rick Christopherson said: "We have talent across the 15 men and on the bench, but probably the best front three in Midlands schools rugby. They make life tough, very tough, for the opposition.
"These young men have been a pleasure to coach this year and deserve this accolade."