Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U18B vs  Radley College
On: Saturday, 14 Sep 2019
Venue: at Home

Won: 33-15

Tries (5): Pettifer, Marriage, Heyman, Rodwell, Post

Conversions (4): O'Brien 3, Wills

The 2nd XV overcame a stirring fightback from Radley to record a really impressive victory in a good contest on The Lower on Saturday. Despite dominating in many facets of the game, only in the last fifteen minutes did their all-round superiority finally get its reward on the scoreboard in a scintillating final quarter.

Sherborne started strongly and had a couple of good chances to score before Radley squeezed in at the corner, very much against the run of play. The home team's response was immediate, though, as new lock forward Tom Pettifer powered to the line, followed by a lovely jinking run from Henry Marriage to add a second, both converted by Raef O'Brien. Again, it looked as if Sherborne might race away but, to Radley's enormous credit, they held firm and refused to buckle, and the scoreboard read 14-5 at the interval.

The third quarter belonged to Radley as the home side lost focus and struggled to adapt to a raft of substitutions. Through a penalty and a somewhat fortuitous try, our visitors closed the gap to just one point before a quite brilliant tap tackle from Will Usher denied what looked a certain try. This seemed to spur Sherborne into action and they cut loose with three tremendous scores. First, the debutant Michael Heyman went over from close range following some patient build-up work through several phases. Next came the best of the lot as Jack Rodwell benefitted from O'Brien's arcing, dummying break and lovely offload to power through the remnants of the cover. Finally, Johnno Post cut through from halfway with a superb mixture of pace and footwork to put the seal on a tremendous final period and a 33-15 victory.

On a stiflingly hot day, it was great to see the boys again strive to play with such pace, ambition and élan. Central to this was another excellent effort from the pack, with Roly Newman and Jamie Jones outstanding in loose and tight alike. Will Austen too deserves plenty of plaudits for the all-round quality and spikiness of his play in both attack and defence. There is much still to come from this side, but there are already a huge number of positives in the way they are seeking to play the game, with (hopefully) more to come on The Upper on Thursday against The Gryphon.

Man of the Match: Hugo Longrigg - perpetual motion all over the park; some huge carries, some even bigger hits, and a terrier on the floor.