Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School 3rd XV vs  Claires Court School Boys-U18B
On: Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018
Venue: at Home

The 3rd XV produced their best performance of the season to win 31-19. With 20 minutes to go they were losing 19-12 but dug deep in the final quarter of the match to overturn the deficit thanks firstly to a breakaway try from Seb Rushton. With time ticking away they then produced the move of the season from deep within Mr Dance's playbook. This involved an audacious cross-field kick from within their own 22 by Sam Reynolds which was brilliantly collected by Joel Riley just inside half-way. He in turn passed to Ali Wright who seemed to be wearing jet shoes as he sprinted round the desperate defenders to score under the posts.

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Despite a strong first five minutes from Blue Coat, Claire's Court had the better of the opening quarter and were camped within the Blue Coat 22 for most of this time. Eventually the pressure told and they went 7-0 up. Blue Coat hit back through a brilliant solo try from full back Ibby Aji who collected a kick and beat 5 defenders to score under the posts. They then went ahead through a well worked try by Sam Reynolds, who also kicked several conversions during the match. This score was a team effort and was deserved reward for some strong carrying by the forwards around the fringes. Ayan Chatterjee, Louis Mowatt and Brandon Gee were particularly abrasive and at half time Blue Coat led 12-7.

However, Claire's Court came out far stronger after the break and their greater desire meant that they pushed Blue Coat back into their 22. Until this point the Blue Coat tackling had been the best of the season, but some lacklustre defending allowed Claire's Court to score twice. Blue Coat did threaten to score themselves and were over the line but Harry Dorirricott-Watts was held up. Going into the final 20 minutes Claire's Court looked favourites to win as they led 19-12. However, they did not bank on the determination of Seb Rushton who shrugged off numerous defenders to break free on his own and touch down under the posts. With the scores level both teams could have won the match, but with five minutes to go Sam Reynolds stepped back into the pocket and launched his most memorable clearance kick of the last few years which led to the brilliant try already described. The icing on the cake was a further try from Teo Petersen who slid in on one leg in the corner. This was again deserved as he had been a nuisance all day at the breakdown and in combination with man of the match Brandon Gee had formed a very efficient partnership in the line-out. The team now play Shiplake in the play -off final next week.