Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U15B vs  Radley College
On: Saturday, 14 Sep 2019
Venue: Away

Junior Colts 47 Radley 26

This was a proper southern hemisphere game in glorious sunshine at Radley. We struck first with smothering defence producing Radley panic and Barney Crawford intercepting like a falcon taking an unsuspecting pigeon. We on the other hand knew what to expect from Radley but were still unable to cope with their efficient rucking and they levelled to make it 7-7. In order to use our weekly focus of ‘play to space’ we managed to put Henry Kingsbury into some space and he showed great pace to run half the length of the pitch and score. Henry was then given a great offload from Milo Tennant and boshed a couple of Radley boys away contemptuously to score. Kit Slim then took a quick penalty while Radley were still discussing their Greek unseen prep and with swift hands Barney was put in for a fine fourth try. As true gentlemen we then allowed Radley a generous intercept and shortly after half time another try from a pick and drive to make the score 28-19.

Radley had worked out that we handled better than them so their policy was to keep the ball as close to the ruck as possible. Having taken a while to adjust we then began to react better to this and the game became rather feisty. One or two players interpreted a mild case of opposition handbags as a case of GBH punishable by the electric chair and the testosterone levels rose to bubbling point. At times this affected our game as we took our focus off the ball, but when we stayed cool we began to play well. Jago Cable touched down after another defensive swarm and a subtle out the back offload from Kit Slim put the elusive Otto Denham in for a sixth try. Despite losing Charlie Wallis our fly half to injury we kept coherent and a steal and lightning transfer put a rather knackered Henry Kingsbury in for his hat trick past an even more knackered Radley defence.

As ever we then allowed Radley to score the final try to make the final score 47-26. This was a very encouraging start to the season, excellently supported by a positive parental posse. With better discipline and rucking we could be a tough team to beat this year.

Man of the Match Kit Slim

Tries: Kingsbury (3), Crawford (2), Cable, O Denham.

Conversions: Denham (4), Hamilton, C Barker