Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U18E vs  Dauntsey's School
On: Thursday, 10 Oct 2019
Venue: at Home

The Gentlemen’s XV v Dauntsey’s

The rugby world cup in Japan has all but been forgotten by Shirburnians this week as charity shops were scoured throughout the town for whatever scraps of tweed they could find in ready for the Holy Grail of the Gentlemen’s mid-week home fixture.

The build-up to this epic match reached fever pitch when the First XV rocked up impressively early dressed in their finest tweeds, not so much to support the Gentlemen’s XV, but eager to glean some inspiration from this now legendary team. Tom Carr-Smith was literally hopping from foot to foot barely able to contain his excitement about what was to ensue.

The Gentlemen’s XV were primed and ready to play, jogging on to the pitch through a tunnel of tweed, a rousing rendition of the Carmen followed, led bravely by some brave pupil from the music department… top form!

From the off the Gentleman hit their opposition hard, and it wasn’t long before Rupert Birkett-Eyles set Ludo Davies up for his first try, which was quickly slotted over the posts from the traditional kicking loafer. The game continued from there with the Gentlemen playing incredibly well in front of a growing home crowd as more and more squads (and coaches) were drawn to the epicentre of the afternoon’s action.

Half time was soon upon us with Dauntsey’s running in a lovely blindside try from the 22.

With a few worn out and broken bodies replenished on the pitch, the Gentlemen played equally hard throughout the second half with Ludo Davies putting in a screamer of a try from an interception, running the length of the pitch, untouchable by the opposition. Top form (again) Mr Davies. Kick converted, the opposition were now on the back foot.

One more try by Dauntsey’s at the end of a brutal but brilliant game saw the scoreboard almost draw even, but a missed kick meant The Gentlemen took the win 14-12.

Highlight of the afternoon: A throw away comment from a fellow Sixth Form coach ‘I didn’t know they could play rugby THIS well!”

But that is the thing about the Gentlemen’s XV: Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

Well done gentlemen, a fantastic game from all.