Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U18A vs  Marlborough College
On: Saturday, 28 Sep 2019
Venue: Away

Won: 42 – 5

Marlborough Collage away is always a fixture the boys look forward to, with plenty of old prep school acquaintances to catch up with and test themselves against. Marlborough were celebrating a festival of sport which made for a fantastic atmosphere, and the addition of Sherborne Girls, who were also playing fixtures at Marlborough, added some pressure to the player’s performances.

After a confident start to the season where this talented Sherborne side had scored 116 points and only conceded 6, Sherborne continued in this vein for the first 30 minutes of the match - where 4 tries were scored. The set piece was dominant all day with Nathanael Fagerson and Tom Williams dominating their opposite numbers, ably supported by Zach Thomas and Freddie Woolgar. The scrum was offering a solid platform of attack and even stole 4 scrums against the head throughout the afternoon. It was from the set piece that all of the first half tries were created. Following a strong scrum, George Case was able to waltz his way through the defensive line from a well worked backs move that left the Marlborough backline scratching their heads. Lorcan McLoughlin got his first and second try off the back of 2 dominant line-out drives while Tom Carr-Smith also scored from close range after some dominant carries form the likes of Henry Blake, Archie Walwyn and Theo Irving.

To Marlborough’s credit, they fought back and finished the half with a try of their own, the first Sherborne have conceded this season. A cross field kick found its way into the wingers hands and the scramble defence was undone by a good offload.

With the wind behind them for the second half, Sherborne knew that if they pinned Marlborough into their own half, it would be very difficult for them to make ground. That being said, Marlborough retained the ball superbly well and were able to eak out some penalties at the breakdown. Sherborne’s defence held firm and were soon able to get a try to stem the flow of a Marlborough fight back. The forwards demonstrated their ability to catch, fix and pass with Jez Meaker stepping in at first receiver on the blind side and moving the ball to Blake, Fagerson and the move was finished in the corner by Little. Not to be outdone, the backs then showed their ability to handle under pressure. Off another dominant scrum on the left hand side, the backs bedazzled the home team to shift the ball wide for Whigham to slide in the corner. McLoughlin then finished his hattrick from close range and Tom Carr-Smith got his second of the match in the last play of the game, for McCaig to convert.

Although disappointed to concede a try, the boys were very proud of their efforts for the afternoon. Another away match to Abingdon will be a tough test, with them being in good form themselves. Let’s hope this momentum continues.

Tries: McLoughlin (3), Carr-Smth (2), Case. Little, Whigham

Conversions: McCaig