Monday 6 November
Year 3 Tag Rugby Festival
All the Year 3 boys played in a Tag Rugby Festival at Norwich School. The boys were split into three teams and all played five matches. As it was a festival, no results were recorded.
The standard of play was very high with lots of tags and tries being made. It was pleasing to see a good number of the boys scoring their first try in a School match this term, and the tagging was certainly better than it had been before.
All the boys enjoyed the occasion and certainly learnt from the festival.
Wednesday 8 November
U11A v Norwich School Score: 10 tries to 0
LPS@TH were looking forward to this rematch against Norwich School after winning narrowly earlier in the season. The boys started very well, tackling every Norwich player who moved. They soon won the ball and spread it wide for Joel F to score, this was quickly followed by further tries from L’Sean S, Charl M and Louis M.
The forwards were dominant up front with Tafadzwa S and Ben S driving over every loose ball. Rory R and L’Sean both completed a very impressive first-half performance, with the boys leading 7-0 at half time.
The second half was very much more even but it was good link play between Rory and Alex M that set up L’Sean for his third try of the game. Tafadzwa then ripped the ball off the opposition before forcing his way over for a try of his own. The best was saved until the end with the ball being passed backwards and forwards down the line, before Alex dummied the opposition to finish the scoring.
This was a highly impressive team performance with every boy contributing to the game, and the tries being shared by 7 boys. The tackling and passing was of the highest order. The challenge now is to maintain this form into matches next week against Gresham’s.
Team: Louis M, Tafadzwa S, Rory R, Daniel G, Ben S, Joel F, L’Sean S, Charl M and Alex M
U11B V Norwich School Score: 5 tries to 5
A hard-fought match against the same Norwich School side who won 7-5 in the home fixture earlier this term provided LPS@TH with the opportunity to judge the development of their game.
LPS@TH started quickly and were soon two tries ahead, both scored by pacey winger Alex S. Joel F was also carrying and tackling well in the wide channels and Austin K continually threatened to break clear into space with evasive running at pace.
Despite continuous strong rucking and tackling by MOTM Alex C and Aaron S, who both performed beyond expectations to support the team effort, Norwich School hit back with two scores of their own, the second coming just before the final whistle.
With honours even at half time, LPS@TH approached the game in the second half as they had the first. Good pressure by Isaac L in defense and well-executed ball protection at the ruck by William N set Alex S off for another unstoppable run to the line to complete his hat-trick. Scores from both Joel F and Austin K followed, with Max Z and captain Charlie B carrying powerfully to set up field possession.
With 10 minutes to go it looked as if LPS@TH had done enough to take the victory but Norwich School were not yet beaten. Again LPS@TH tackled and rucked well but found themselves too narrow defensively as the workload became heavy and the home side pounced on loose balls and forced errors to bring themselves back into the game with two tries in quick succession.
A good all-round performance from Freddie M was almost capped with a try as he sped away in loose play after gathering in a loose ball but he was not able to evade the last defender. As the game drew to a close it was eventually Norwich School who seized on the opportunity to cross the try-line one final time to end the game 5 tries a piece and force the draw.
Well done to the U11B team who showed their resolve in a very entertaining and competitive game, with the draw just reward for both sides.
Well done to all the players that represented the school
Team: Charlie B, William N, Alex C, Freddie M, Isaac L, Austin K, Aaron S, Joel F, Alex S, Max Z
U10A v Norwich School Score 20-10
This was an excellent game with strong performances from both sides. It was incredibly tense, with both sides playing at a high tempo and with ferocious determination.
Neither team looked like getting a foothold in the game until Bertie C broke through the line, offloaded in the tackle to Oscar M, who passed superbly to Lennon T who ran in to score in the corner. James M followed this up with another excellent try, before Norwich got one back just before half time.
Into the second half, and Harry S scored a wonderful try after good work from Lennon. Norwich still came back and scored again, which made for a nervous last few minutes. We tackled superbly under immense pressure before Lennon released Ethan C to score in the corner for a 4-2 win.
It was a real team effort with all the boys playing their part in this magnificent victory.
Team: Bertie C (capt) Oscar M, Oliver D, Lennon T, James M, Ethan C, Joe P, Sam G, Harry S
U10B v Norwich School Score: 5 tries to 7
We started the match with our minds still on the bus. As a result we found ourselves 4-0 down at the end of the first half. A much-improved performance in the second where we scored 5 tries. Archie C led the way scoring 4 tries with some direct play. Aiden F setting a great example with his defensive organisation and game management.
Team: Toby C (Capt), Alex S, Shai M, Aiden F, Archie C, Griffin P, Tashinga M, Calan W, Charlie D, Charlie E