Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U14D vs  Abingdon School
On: Saturday, 05 Oct 2019
Venue: at Home

Sherborne 14 v Abingdon 30

It was a perfect day for rugby union as a slightly injury- and absence-hit Sherborne took to the field for this important game. Confidence was certainly high after two excellent training sessions during the week. Our focus for the match was to be on speed of play – moving the ball quickly from contact into open play and at the same time continuing the quest for more robust defence and in particular for sound and more effective tackling. A better start couldn’t have been wished for as on the five-minute mark Freddie Sington took a mighty interception deep in his own 22 and then proceeded to run the length of the pitch to open the account. Alexander Kerr made the conversion look easy and so for the first time this season we went ahead in a competitive fixture. Within minutes however Abingdon levelled matters and then pushed ahead with a further try. None of this was to take account of one of the undoubted talismen of the Sherborne side. With characteristic pace, Leo Li grasped the ball on his own 10 metre line and ran freely and skilfully to score under the posts. Kerr again secured the conversion before another two quick tries from a very physically imposing Abingdon side made the score at the half time whistle a fairly reflective 14-20. Inspired and encouraged by a fine interval team talk the boys took to the pitch for the second period. That period was to belong to Abingdon however with two unanswered and individual tries from one of their tallest and strongest players. He cut through the Sherborne defence faster and more effectively than a hot knife through butter. And so, not at all disheartened by the final score line, the team gathered in the post-match huddle to congratulate one another on another great performance. The spirit in this side is excellent. Among our finest, Henry Morpeth tirelessly commanded the centre alongside Theo Jouhanneaud (there was rarely a phase of the game in which they weren’t involved) and Max and Otis Sutherland were fearless in the tackle. Player of the day though was Alexander Kerr who led the team bravely from the front and showed leadership way beyond that which his years might suggest. We march on bravely, the whiff of the first victory of the campaign getting stronger all the time.