Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U15B vs  St George's College, Weybridge
On: Saturday, 24 Nov 2018
Venue: Away

Won 5-30

Try scorers - Jake Bains-Gillespie (2), Nik Sandhu, Henry Kayll and Marcus Baines

Cons - None! - kicking practice required

Man of the match - Jack Harvey

Honorable Mentions - The backs may have scored, but the men of the match were the forwards: putting together multiple phases of procession, rucking and territory gains. Krishal Maru, Thomas Osborn, Finn Wyatt, George Hadnett, Emil McCaughey, Jack Robinson, Francis Archer and Daniel Corfield.

The mighty Bs started this match with much more intensity than last week. This speed and intent led to us winning rucks and then to Jake’s first try within two minutes of the start. St George’s responded almost immediately, against the run of play, by kicking a ball through that, due to the slippy conditions, we failed to deal with and they went on to equalise. Game on. We continued to put them under sustained pressure, camped in their 22 for the majority of the half, but we were unable to break their determined defence. We squandered a couple of penalties in the final 5 meters and the half finished at 5-5.

We addressed some handling issues at half time and soon after the restart the forwards continued to pile on the pressure, with Emil clearing rucks to retain procession, leading to Nik’s try. Issac also made some massive territory gains for us and the team supported each other on these runs. Henry and Marcus on the wings both scored with powerful fast runs. A St George’s parent complimented Tom on his “bulldog” like tenacity on the ball and in rucks. One of the aspects that I was most proud of was that we retained our focus, shape and discipline as we began to dominate the match. Some of this was due to Jake’s experience and vocal organisation of the backs. Both Jack’s went very close to scoring, but the team’s hard work was eventually rewarded with further tries by Andrew and a second for Jake. At least three players had an attempt at converting these tries, but all were unsuccessful! So this week’s focus will be kicking practice and training more forwards to lift and be lifted in line-outs. An excellent performance and one that the team should learn from as the main difference to last week was creating and maintaining a positive attitude, even under pressure and when decisions did not go our way.