Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U14D vs  Marlborough College
On: Saturday, 28 Sep 2019
Venue: Away

It was with a well-founded measure of confidence that the boys took to the sloping fields of Marlborough College for this eagerly-awaited fixture. Training during the week had been well-focused on defence and in particular on one of our four playing principles – “let nothing through.” There were also growing signs of the side gelling together into a more established unit. None of that prepared the boys however for the physical challenges of a strong Marlborough side and the early stages of the first half showed that the match might well have taken on the appearance of a procession. Using their strength and pace to best advantage, the home side ran in three unanswered tries before the break. What followed at half time could only be called an “inspiring and encouraging” team talk. Renewed in focus, the boys took to the pitch a team transformed – robust in the tackle, fearless in rucks and mauls and really getting the ball moving more rapidly from contact. Captain Jake Wyndham led from the front and was ably supported by scrum half Sam Nokes (probably the stand-out player) and Theo Jouhanneaud in the centre. The highlight of the day was still to come however - a superb 80-metre run from Leo Li, who grasped the ball deep in his own half and then simply set his sights on the far-off try line. With an acceleration and rapidity not dissimilar to the great Usain Bolt in his day he side-stepped half the Marlborough team and was still full of running as he crossed their line, just about remembering to put the ball down in time. Both applause and congratulations were tumultuous and rang out far and wide around the grounds. A truly special moment that will live long in the memory. Nothing could spoil the boys’ day after that, not even a last-minute scrappy try from the home side as all wearied. And so it was that we drew the second half and marched proudly off the field, heads held high, confidence renewed and eagerly awaiting our next opponents.