Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U18B vs  Bishop Wordsworth's School
On: Saturday, 07 Sep 2019
Venue: at Home

Won: 62-0

Tries (10): Longrigg 3, Rodwell 3, Post, Neville, Austen, Marriage

Cons (6): Prest 6

The 2nd XV started their season in fine form with a thumping victory over Bishop Wordsworth's on The Lower on Saturday. In a very promising team performance full of ambition and power, there were hat-tricks apiece for Hugo Longrigg and Jack Rodwell, and any number of lovely individual moments, including a sparkling solo try from Henry Marriage and some huge hits from Frey Hopkinson.

Sherborne dominated the early stages and, despite a slightly disjointed first quarter, quickly asserted themselves on the scoreboard. Our visitors found themselves engaged in desperate defence almost from the first whistle and the onslaught barely let up throughout the game. The forwards were abrasive and lively, carrying the ball with real intent and making tremendous inroads as a consequence, with the result that there was plenty of space out wide for the backs to exploit. Perhaps unsurprisingly at this stage of the season, there were plenty of errors too, but what was pleasing was the boys' desire to play attacking rugby with ball in hand, seeking to move the ball to space, but not neglecting the need to get their hands dirty with the business of tackling and ball retention - tasks in which the captain, Toby Jones, led superbly from the front.

As the game went on and the score mounted, it was pleasing too to see the adaptability of the team, playing in different positions and problem-solving the raft of changes wrought by numerous substitutions. That there was no obvious let-up in either tempo or scoring says much for the way in which the boys went about things and their desire to maintain their dominance until the (somewhat early) final whistle. A tally of ten tries was no more than they deserved but Radley will provide a much sterner test, again at home, next Saturday.

Man of the Match: Johnno Post - always a threat with ball in hand and a lovely try too!