Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U15A vs  Abingdon School
On: Saturday, 05 Oct 2019
Venue: Away

U15 A Rugby v Abingdon

Lost 21-15

The JCA XV played what was arguably the best game of their Sherborne rugby careers on Saturday at Abingdon. They were well organised, communicated much better than they ever have before and played to a shared game plan. Although the result went against us, the processes were executed brilliantly throughout the match, the only faults being three missed tackles – which all led to tries – and a lack of finesse to finish an attack with a try.

From the warm-up the team took charge of themselves and organised an excellent self-led warm up. This led into a positive start to the match which has been a rarity. Sherborne pressured the home side from the off and managed to get the ball back in their half. This led to several well-structured phases and the first try, scored by Ben Walwyn who danced through a gap created by an excellent line. Charlie Westmacott then converted a difficult chance to give Sherborne a 0-7 lead. Unfortunately, straight from the re-start, an Abingdon player ran straight through a couple of soft tackles and scored a 70m try. 7-7. A penalty on Abindgon’s 22 gave Westmacott a chance to take the lead to 7-10 which he seized. Abingdon ran in another try soon after which was met by Tom Trickey who broke through a gap and used his pace to get over the line. At half time it was 14-15.

The second half saw Sherborne in possession for most of the 30 minutes but as missed chances accumulated and frustration built up the visitors structure and communication broke down slightly. Another 50m try from an Abingdon breakthrough put Sherborne 6 points behind, needing a converted try to win. Although they applied pressure, being in the opposition 22 for almost 10 minutes solidly, handling errors and turnovers cost Sherborne dearly in regard of the result.

Not the result but the processes, as stated earlier, were done brilliantly. If the JCA XV can be stronger on the ball and have a little more composure when close to scoring they could be dangerous. Watch this space …

Tries: Walwyn and Trickey

Conversion: Westmacott (1)