Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U14D vs  Millfield School
On: Saturday, 12 Oct 2019
Venue: Away

I’m usually not one for clichés, but on this occasion the Mini Colts Ds outing to the beautifully manicured playing fields of Millfield was undoubtedly a game of two halves. It was never going to be an easy excursion into Somerset and so it proved to be in the first half of this genuinely boisterous encounter as our opponents ran in four unanswered tries, mainly the result of insightful interceptions and extremely rapid end-to-end running, often from deep inside their own half. Boisterous turned out to be a wee bit brutal as our captain had to be helped off the pitch just on the stroke of half time (when we were 26-0 down and seemingly cruising for a bruising second half) and your correspondent spent all of that second half with him in the Medical Centre where both the captain and he were splendidly looked after by the staff. Upon our return to the field of play, the match had finished, but I did notice that our team was somewhat more jubilant than I had expected to find them. It turned out in fact that although we were well-beaten in the first period the boys had made a mighty recovery (clearly benefitting from my absence, which I should clearly seek to repeat in future games) and had proceeded to score three tries to Millfield’s one in the second half. Leo L, Theodore J and Peter H were the bold ones in the blue and gold to cross the white wash in what clearly must have been a scintillating display of schoolboy rugby at its best. So much so that our opposing coach mentioned it specifically to me in the post-match hospitality. And so, although overall we were in the end overrun by 33-17 we approach the final stretch of the campaign after half term renewed in both confidence and courage.