Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U16B vs  Marlborough College
On: Saturday, 28 Sep 2019
Venue: at Home

Sherborne 22 - 26 Marlborough

The Colts B’s were looking for a big response following a tough outing against the Gryphon A team last week.

The boys got off to a tough start conceding an early try after some slick handling from Marlborough, however, Sherborne struck back quickly to level the scores through Harry Murray. Marlborough’s kicking game was well crafted and something the Sherborne boys were not used to playing against, particularly in their first ever outing as a team on the vast expanse of the Lower. This led to two more quick tries from Marlborough which brought the score to 19-7 within the first 15 minutes. So far it appeared tackling on both sides was somewhat optional and a very high scoring encounter appeared to be imminent. However, the game settled down as the Sherborne back 3 proactively responded to the kicking threat of Marlborough. On the stroke of half-time, Will Jonas intercepted brilliantly on the Marlborough 22 and ran the ball home to bring the scores to 19-12 at the interval.

Strong running from newly positioned flanker Harry Murray brought about his second try of the contest, following a brilliant break and flair offload from Kit Rowsell. This score brought the score to 19-17. The next 10 minutes were dominated by Marlborough, after securing the ball inside their own 22 the Sherborne boys were determined to play themselves out of trouble. This positive intent was fantastic to see and underlines the team's philosophy of playing into space from all areas of the pitch. Unfortunately on this occasion, it led to a Marlborough steal and good work from their forwards led to their fourth try.

In the final ten minutes, Sherborne showed excellent spirit and determination. Managing to produce a fourth try through great work in the forward pack, utilising the skills we had been focusing on during the week. Sherborne ended the game on the front foot but were not quite able to get a final score which would have gained the win. Marlborough winning 26 to 22.

Overall, it was a fantastic spirited performance from the boys with plenty of positives to take. Next week hopefully the boys will build on this performance and finish on the right side of the result as we welcome Abingdon.

Positives:

Use of forwards moves, for the final try in particular

Hard running lines

Proactive response to opposition kicking tactics

Set piece

Man of the Match: Rory Kinlock

Champagne Moment: Kit Rowsell offload in the build-up to 3rd try (Murray)

Tries: Murray (2), Jonas, Foulger

Conversions: Jonas

Work ons:

Handling errors

Communication and concentration

Scoring breakdown:

7-0 Marlborough try, simply hands, no drift. Communication, pushing out from the inside.

7-7 Murray try! Strong run, Jonas conversion.

12-7 Weak try to concede, quick pen.

19-7 Again sloppy, handling error and stopped playing. Play to whistle!

19-12 Jonas intercept try!

Half time

19-17 Murray try! Great hands, Kit brilliant offload in build-up.

26-17 Lots of pressure on the line, playing out from own try line, Marlborough forwards took it over.

26-22 Foulger try! Great work in the forwards, utilising Jacks and Hammers we’d been working on midweek.