Match Report
Sherborne School Boys-U18A vs  Bishop Wordsworth's School
On: Tuesday, 13 Sep 2022
Venue: at Home

Following on from a busy summer of rugby where much of the 1st XV having travelled to South Africa for their 2022 rugby tour, plus the addition of really positive pre-season fixtures against Bryanston and Cranleigh upon their return, the 1st XV’s competitive season got underway with a rearranged fixture against Bishop Wordsworth’s School.

It was great to be back on The Upper where we had several boys making their 1st XV debut. Eight 1st XV ties where handed out by Mr Smith before the game. Sherborne got off to a fantastic start, with a huge line break from the old BWS pupil, Luke R searing through the defence and needing a fantastic cover tackle to stop him. Unfortunately, Sherborne turned the ball over to the opposition and began, what turned out to be, a habit they were unable to break.

It was clear from the early signs that Sherborne were more skilful and powerful than BWS, but we lacked the ability to look after the ball long enough to turn that dominance into points. That said, Sherborne struck first, and on the 15th minute Robbie E, on debut, broke the line and zigzagged his way past the covering fullback to score close to the posts. Sherborne then spent much to the first half in the BWS half, stringing some nice pieces of rugby together before the inevitable knock on, turn over or forward pass thwarted their chance to score.

BWS made their first entry into the Sherborne 22 with only 2 minutes to go of the first half, but that was all they needed to set up a driving maul and crash over in the last play of the half.

Half time 7-7

The second half stayed even with errors strewn throughout, with neither team seeming to want to string any play together. The Sherborne defence was forcing BWS to kick much of their possession away, but Tom H at fullback, the busiest player all afternoon, fielding loose balls and returning with interest.

With 10 minutes to go, things were getting nervy for both teams and it looked like the team to score next would inevitably go on to win the game. Fortunately for Sherborne it was us who broke the deadlock. Sherborne started to look after the ball in contact slightly better than they had been, allowing them to inch their way towards the BWS line. After numerous attempts, it was Jaego C who squeezed over from close range. With only two minutes to go, Sherborne were solid enough in defence to see out the match and kick start their season with a win.

Full time: 12-7