Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U13A vs  Aylesbury Grammar School
On: Thursday, 04 Oct 2018
Venue: at Home

RBCS 40 - 10 AGS

Scorers: Coen Djamson, Lucas Dance, Tom Day (3), Reiss-Alexander Russell-Denny, Brandon Kingsbury (2)

Celebrity mention: Brandon Kingsbury - for two tries and being the first recipient of the ‘Haribo’ tackler of the match award.

After a disappointing last performance, the U13s bounced back by scoring eight tries with a much better display. The focus of the week had been on rucking and tackling with the boys having had chance to see themselves on video after the last game. They applied the lessons learnt as Ollie Matthews set the tone with about five excellent tackles in the first ten minutes. Sam Deacon, having one of his best games up front with a much greater contribution allied with his strong runs then took up the mantle. Jack Leftley, looking more at home in the forwards, also made some telling interventions at ruck time and as a unit, the forwards provided much better ball for the backs to use. Max Dhanda stayed onside (apart from once!) thus making his contribution more telling too.

The early try came from some powerful pick and goes with Coen going over, but after that, it was extremely pleasing to see all our tries coming in wide positions with the back three accounting for over half the scores as an increased desire, and a bit less selfishness, enabled the team to attack the wide open spaces. Lucas picked up the second after an excellent ‘12,000’ move in the backs created space and left the blindside unguarded and then Tom D had a simple 5m run in after the ball was once again moved wide. His second, just before half-time was an entirely different affair with an excellent kick return straight from the kick-off that saw him go a full 60m.

The second half started with a flourish which saw Kian Morjaria getting the chance to run in some wide spaces to great effect and then Reiss and Brandon twice finished off good periods of continuity with Reiss in particular exploiting some poor kicking to made significant inroads. Tom D then completed his hat-trick with another short run in as the distribution of Lucas, Dylan Baker, Louis Lancaster and Jack Rees, particularly when going right to left, ensured the wide backs were able to make the most of the opportunities created.

Overall, a much better performance but tackling still a work in progress!