2nd XIII v Gresham’s 2nd XIII Score: 50-15
The 2nd XII finished a fine season with a barnstorming display against a lively and useful Gresham’s side. Never behind, the seconds were full value for this victory, which was made even more creditable due to playing almost the whole game a player short, after losing Will S to injury in the first 30 seconds!
The bedrock of the display was down to a powerful performance by our forwards, with our front three of Luca P, Campbell T and Myles M out-muscling and out-tackling their counterparts, with Campbell getting on the scoresheet. Our loose forwards Charlie H, try scorer Alfie S and captain George B backed them up well, with George, in particular, prominent in open play.
Given plenty of ball, our backs always looked threatening, and half backs James C and Jack W ran the show, with Jack’s incisive running simply too quick and sharp for the Gresham’s defence. Jack fully deserved his hat-trick of tries. Outside Jack, Isaac B was typically robust and direct in the centre, shrugging off would-be tacklers and crossing for two tries. However, Gresham’s also looked dangerous with ball in hand, and both winger Ryan W and fullback Harry S-C made several try saving tackles.
Three of our tries stand out for different reasons. Jack scored a superb solo score when he feinted a dummy kick and then accelerated clear, and then later the ball went through a dozen pairs of hands before lively winger Harry H plunged over. Our final score was particularly pleasing when Jack executed a perfect scissors with Luca who simply powered over for his second try. What a great way to finish off a season – well played, boys!
Team: George B, Will S, Myles M, Campbell T, Alfie S, Charlie H, Luca P, James C, Isaac B, Harry H, Ryan W, Jack W and Harry S-C
1stXV v Gresham’s Score: 5-55
The 1st team finished their season with their only defeat against a well-drilled Gresham’s side. The boys had to defend for long periods of the game but all of the boys worked hard to make their tackles count. Although the result was beyond them at half time (0-40), the whole team kept at it and a chip over from Archie S and a chase from Benjy resulted in a deserved try.
Although this was not the way we had hoped to finish the season, the boys showed real character right up to the final whistle.
U10A v Gresham’s Score: 30-15
The boys had a tough and bruising encounter to finish off the season. We started really strongly and raced into a 4 tries to 0 lead thanks to tries from Lennon T, Bertie C and two from James M. We made some changes and Gresham’s powered back into the game, scoring 2 tries before half time to go into the break with the score at 4 tries to 2.
We played much better rugby in the second half and scored two more tries through James, before Gresham’s touched down in the corner with the final play of the game.
It was a pulsating encounter with all the boys playing their part. Sam G had his strongest game, as he really backed himself and broke through the opposition’s line with direct and powerful running. He was unlucky not to score at least one try. Toby C was making his debut for the A team, and looked perfectly suited to this level, thanks to his powerful rucking and determined tackling.
James M had a superb game, tackling fiercely and scoring 4 wonderful tries after being set free by his teammates. It really was a team effort and it was great to win by 6 tries to 3 to finish with a 100 per cent winning season.
Well done to the boys and thank you to the parents for their fantastic support.
Team: Bertie C (capt) Oscar M, Oliver D, Lennon T, James M, Ethan C, Joe P, Sam G, Harry S, Toby C
U10B v Gresham’s Score 7 tries to 5
An evenly matched game in the first half. Good physicality from Charlie D and Alex S, scoring 2 tries each, combined with aggressive defensive performances from Aiden F and Griffin P to counter Gresham’s pace ensured we were level 4-4 at the end of the first half. The second half was a different story with a whole new team on the pitch, led by a composed Archie C, who scored the opening try of the second half. Charlie E and Shai M contributed with a try each. Gresham’s had the final say with a try at the end. A good end to the season.
Team: Aiden F, Archie C, Charlie D, Charlie E, Alex S, Shai M, Tashinga M, Griffin P, Sam C, Joshua B, Calan W, Miles N, Jacob G-J, Rahin S
U11A v Gresham’s Score 7-4
The final match of the season led to a bruising encounter. Both sets of players left nothing in the tank as a pulsating match ensued. Gresham’s were more clinical in the open part of the match as some fast feet saw them open with two quick tries. The U11s quickly responded with two well-worked tries of their own from Le Sean S and Joel F. With the game finely balanced at half-time, LPS@TH came out the stronger team. Daniel G made some powerful runs from the wing, and Ben S was highly impressive with his barnstorming runs dragging Gresham’s boys on his back! Joel Fi saved his best game until last with some great tackling and a superb try of his own. Charl M and Alex M linked well in the middle to create a well worked try for Rory R which took the game away from Gresham’s. With several late tries, the game ended with a 7-4 victory and an unbeaten season for the boys.
After a slow start to the season, whilst still winning, the boys have been so impressive since late October. They have been too strong for the teams that they have played against and it has been the collective team effort which has impressed most. It is fair to say that although it has been such a wonderful team effort, special recognition must go to Le Sean with an amazing 50 tries over the season, not bad for someone new to the game in September! Well done to all of the boys who have been wonderful to coach throughout – never a dull moment!
Team: Ben S, Louis M, Tafadzwa S, Daniel G, Charl M, Alex M, Rory R, Joel Fi, Joel Fo, Le Sean S
U11B v Gresham’s Score 2 tries to 6
LPS@TH U11B team performed well against a strong visiting Gresham’s School side. They started with enthusiasm but were not able to contain some strong running from Gresham’s. Using their passing game to good effect, Gresham’s used the width of the field to score 4 unanswered tries in the first half. Two superb instances of tenacious try-line defence by LPS@TH caused two more would-be tries to be knocked on over the try line to keep the half time score LPS@TH 0 Greshams 4.
LPS@TH stepped up as a team in the second half and fought back with determined tackling and powerful running in open play. The second half was very even and both sides played good rugby in a very positive and enjoyable manner. LPS@TH were rewarded early on with a typically powerful carry from Max Z resulting in LPS@TH’s first try. Later Austin K found space in the wide channels and turned on the after burners to outpace the would-be cover defence to score LPS@TH’s second.
Gresham’s themselves added two deserved tries to their tally were but were not able to control the game as they had in the first half.
MOTM goes to Charlie B, the captain, for a fine all-round performance and for the very mature and positive way he marshalled his troops and communicated with his team mates. He is sure to be very proud of all 12 members of the match-day squad for the fantastic way they stepped up to match Gresham’s in the second half, showing a strength of character and confidence that could not be beaten.
Well done and thank you to all the players from both sides for a very entertaining afternoon of rugby played in excellent spirit.
Team: Charlie B, Alexander C, Isaac L, Bradey M, Oscar T, Max Z, Hugo G, William N, Aaron S, Austin K, Freddie M, Alex S