Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U15B vs  Clifton College
On: Saturday, 09 Nov 2019
Venue: Away

Junior Colts B 26 Clifton 19

This was a team performance to delight in. We had lost to Clifton last year and got off the coach as though we were off on a picnic. We swiftly realised, as Clifton stormed into a 12-0 lead, that unless our defence and in particular line-speed improved we were going to take a real beating. It was the forwards who sparked us into life, keeping hold of the ball as if was as precious as a new mobile, edging us up the field in multiple phases until Jake Molloy exploded off the side of a ruck to cut the deficit. Just as we were beginning to relax a Clifton kick landed between two static defenders and bounced kindly into their winger’s hands allowing a clear run in. Looking down the barrel with the score at 7-19, we again dug deep and a series of mauls and penalties took us to a line out. The driving maul kicked into gear and this time it was Kit Slim who burst over. Clifton then missed an easy penalty and we went into half time only 19-12 down.

The second half was terrific. Jake Molloy was outstanding among the forwards with his dynamic running while our defence began to swarm, led by fearless Freddie Folkes. Clifton began to appear rattled and from another lineout Henry Kingsbury, now number 8, ended a driving maul by charging over to level the scores. The game then ebbed and flowed for a while. Clifton had the best back division that we had yet encountered but the tackling of Harry Summerhayes and Nico Beeny and the positional play of Milo Tennant, repelled their runs and kicks. Our forwards were now beginning to dominate and James LB, Finn Richardson, Jaego Cable, Will Frost and Fane Hamilton tackled and ran powerfully. Eventually the probing Joe Young found some space on the left and when Aneurin Denham put Barney Crawford into space Clifton dropped off some tackles and Barney made it to the line. Joe’s excellent conversion meant that Clifton had to score twice to win, but our ‘nothing through’ theme for the week was truly in place by this stage and we were not going to concede a single point.

It was great that the forwards really came to the party this game to show we are turning into a real team where there are no significant weaknesses. The spirit at the end was great to behold.

Men of the Match: Jake Molloy and Freddie Folkes

Tries: Molloy, Slim, Kingsbury, Crawford

Conversions: Young (3)