Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U18B vs  Abingdon School
On: Saturday, 05 Oct 2019
Venue: Away

Won: 43-17

The 2nd XV continued their good form on the road with a thumping win at Abingdon on Saturday, in another excellent display of powerful and exciting rugby.

Although the home side scored first and last, the vast majority of the match belonged to the boys in blue as they continued where they left off against Marlborough last week, running in seven tries and falling just short of what would have been a richly-deserved half-century of points. Tom Pettifer was first to cross the line in what was an epic performance from the second row, before Frey Hopkinson benefitted from good hands in the midfield to score in the corner. Raef O'Brien was next to score, with a typical ghosting break, before Michael Heyman plunged over from close range for a very popular score. The first half ended with Sam Usher showing good pace to score our fifth; a 29-5 margin at half time was no more than Sherborne's ambition and skillful execution deserved.

The second half was a closer affair with just two tries for the visitors - a rampaging effort from Pettifer and a second from Hopkinson. Abingdon managed two consolation scores of their own but, in truth, the contest was long since over. It was another outstanding all-round performance from the team, with Charlie Cushing and Jamie Jones particularly prominent in the loose, and the backline showing wit, invention and pace in all areas of the pitch. Marcus Prest had another big game in the centre, posing a constant threat in attack and a resolute presence in defence, but - from 1 to 15 - all the players dominated their opposite numbers and put in big shifts. At the heart of it all, though, was the skipper Will Austen, who dictated play with vision and aplomb and tackled like a man possessed.

So the 2nd XV marches on to its next test, away to Millfield next Saturday. Given their two most recent performances in particular, and the manner in which they dealt with highly-rated opponents and some idiosyncratic refereeing calls, the trip to Street should be quite something...

Man of the Match: Tom Pettifer - like a rogue elephant on the loose, but with hands!

Tries (7): Pettifer (2), Hopkinson (2), O'Brien, Heyman, Usher

Conversions (4): O'Brien (3), Prest