Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U18A vs  King's College School (KCS), Wimbledon
On: Wednesday, 04 Dec 2019
Venue: at Home

Sherborne 1st XV v KCS Wimbledon

Win: 26-8

Trys: McLoughlin x 2, Reynolds x 2

Conversions: McCaig x 3

In the final game of the Michaelmas term, Sherborne faced KCS Wimbledon in the Quarter Final of the national Schools Cup. Victory would mean a Semi-Final at Allianz Park in the Lent term, so a nice incentive for the Sherborne players.

The first half was a cagey affair with both teams unwilling to risk going down in the match. It was Sherborne who struck the first blow, with Lorcan McLoughlin crashing over from close range, after a series of pick and go moves from the forwards. KCS then hit back with a try of their own after a sustained amount of pressure on the Sherborne defence. They spread the ball wide and the defenders couldn’t quite cover the ground in time. The conversion was missed – 7-5.

Sherborne were starting to find their feet by the end of the first half and were knocking on the door of the KCS try line. Lorcan McLoughlin struck again on the bring of half time with another effective drive from close range. The extras were added and Sherborne went into the break 14-5 up.

The start of the second half was a rather scrappy affair with neither team wanting to concede first. KCS slotted a penalty to bring them back to within a converted try for the lead. Sherborne then started to find more confidence in their play and started to perform like that had done all season. Raef O’Brien threaded a pass to Sam Reynolds on a great line outside his opposite outside centre and he was under the posts. Raef was influential in the fourth and final nail in the coffin for KCS. He took the ball to the line before chipping a delicate chip over the onrushing defence. The ball bounced kindly to Sam Reynolds who took it in his stride to go under the posts. Final score; 26-8.