U11A v Gresham Score 7-3

The season finished with a great result in difficult conditions. Following the last fixture against Gresham’s resulting in a narrow victory, the boys had anticipated a tough rematch but LPS@TH started the game much the stronger. The opening 10 minutes were much of a stalemate until Lennon T broke the deadlock, then the flood gates opened as the boys started to exploit handling errors from the opposition. James M crossed in the corner after some good build up to give us the early lead. By half time the score was 4-0 to LPS@TH.
Gresham’s started the second half well and were camped on our try line. We defended well but they eventually crossed to make the game interesting as we entered the final quarter. From the next kick off we scored the try of the match: the ball passed through 5 sets of hands for Ethan to break clear and score a fabulous try which started from our own 5 metre line. Bertie ran in two later tries and showed some lovely footwork. Oscar was very physical and made some telling hits. Great end to successful season.

Team: Lennon T, James M, Harry S, Sam G, Charlie D, Bertie C, Alex S, Ethan C, Oscar M, Oliver D, Archie C

U12A v Gresham’s Score 4-8
LPS@TH U12A team played their last fixture at home against a slick-handling Gresham’s School side. LPS@TH started well and scored early from a powerful driving run by Ben who broke through three tackles to put LPS@TH ahead. Charlie and Tafadzwa also fought hard in the tight when in possession and kept LPS@TH on the front foot.
Gresham’s came back with a try of their own, moving the ball wide at every opportunity to eventually round the defence. Wingers Freddie and Austin were repeatedly required to make tackles out wide in the first half and both acquitted themselves well. Joel was next to score for LPS@TH using his impressive footwork to slice through the away side’s defence and once again give LPS@TH the advantage. Before the close of the first half though, it was Gresham’s who took control of the game scoring a further two tries to leave the half-time score at LPS@TH 2 Greshams 3
Gresham’s approached the second half as they had finished the first and with good continuity in attack added a further four tries to put them out of reach for the home side. Charl distributed consistently good ball from scrum half to keep LPS@TH in contention and Joel F and Joel Fx both profited with second half tries for their team. Daniel and Alex both tackled well throughout the second period and Hugo performed well in both attack and defence contributing positively.
Sadly LPS@TH’s efforts were not rewarded with a win but certainly contributed to some good rugby being played, showcasing the talent evident throughout the squad. Well done to the 11 players who represented the School yesterday and impressed with some great passages of play throughout.

Team: Tafadzwa S, Ben S, Alex S, Daniel G, Freddie M, Charl M, Joel F, Charlie B, Austin K, Joel Fx, Hugo G

U10A v Gresham’s Score 5-0
A complete performance from all. The intention from the start was to keep the ball moving and passing into space and wide. Oliver led by example scoring a hat-trick but this was the result of excellent team play. JC scored a clinical finish after some tidy rucking from Reilly, but the try of the match came from James; we retained possession for multiple phases and the quick hands of Marcus set James up in the corner. The cherry on the cake was the determination of the boys to keep Gresham’s from scoring at the death. Well done.

Team: Oliver B, JC M, Henri B, Zain B, Marcus W, Harry T, James A, Daniel F, Reilly B, Arthur C, Archie R

U10/U11B Combined Team v Gresham’s Score 3-6

Considering this was the first game these boys had played as a team, they put in a really good performance against a Gresham’s side who have played regularly together throughout the season. Despite going 3 tries to 0 down early in the first half, through some strong running and passing wide, we managed to pull the score back to 4-3. The game was then nervy for 10 minutes or so, before Gresham’s ended up scoring 2 late tries to kill the game off. Despite this the boys should be proud of their efforts and they showed great resilience and teamwork. Special mentions should go to try scorers Shai, Henry and Joshua.

Team: Shai M, Tashinga M, Joshua B, Miles N, Henry S, Jacob G-G, Rahin S, Thomas T, Tolly W, Griffin P, Lazaros G

1st XIII v Gresham’s Score 5-35
This game was far closer than the score suggests and the boys deserve a lot of credit for the way in which they conducted themselves. Against a well-drilled Gresham’s side, the boys had a lot of defending to do and found themselves 0-20 down at half term.
The team came into the game more in the second half and with a little more composure when they had the ball in hand started to make inroads against the Gresham’s defense. Although the win was beyond them, LPS@TH dominated the last 10 minutes and deserved to score the final try of the game.
Although this was not quite the way we had hoped the season to end, the boys should be extremely proud of their efforts.

Team: Myles M, Alfie S, Luca P, Campbell T, Joseph G, Ben M, Konrad D, Danny W
Elliott H, James C, Ryan W, Isaac B, Arthur C, Harry H, Harry S-C