Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U18E vs  Radley College
On: Saturday, 14 Sep 2019
Venue: at Home

The Gentlemen’s XV 5 Radley College 42

Excitement had been building for the Gentlemen’s XV opening fixture of the season when it was noted by Mr Bone that they had actually tried in training on the Thursday. Charity shops or Grandad’s wardrobe had been scoured to secure something tweed-like. The Gentlemen were excited and the new batch this year looked resplendent pre-match in their tweed. It was far too hot for tweed but the Gentlemen persisted because sartorial elegance is high on their list of priorities. Training hard and getting involved in the technical aspects of rugby, generally is not. From the outset they had to tackle continuously and it was somewhat against the run of play that they broke out their half and witnessed Rupert Birkett-Eyles score the type of try David Campese could only dream of. If he was having a bad dream. Attempting the conversation from a suede loafer, Ralph Loveys—Jervoise’s attempt went narrowly wide. In an ominous sign that the Gentlemen’s punishing pre-season make have taken its toll, a number of the team approached Mr Le Poidevin after the 5 minute mark to ask how long was left. By the 10 minute mark all water bottles were empty and had to be refilled. By the 12 minute mark the bench had been emptied and the finishers were on the field of battle. By the 18 minute mark many of the finishers were begging to be replaced by the starters and so the cycle continued. The sunshine had sapped the energy of the home team. Of course when one reaches the ripe old-age of 17 one realises one no longer has the zip of a 15 year old. Father time waits for no man. All the boys battled manfully. Will Cockrell was a force of nature at full back with some mazy running and bone-shuddering tackles. Ludo Davies was impressive in the loose and George Pardoe was a snorting bundle of aggression in the pack. Ralph Loveys-Jervoise was fearless in the tackle and Alexander Hobbs never stopped tackling. Despite the opposition exploiting their extra pace and fitness, the Gentlemen’s efforts never diminished and they were unlucky not to add to their solitary try.