Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U15B vs  Shiplake College
On: Saturday, 14 Sep 2019
Venue: at Home

Lost: 10 - 29

Try Scorers: Callum McNickle, Josh Stevenson.

Man of the match: Callum McNickle

Picking themselves up after last week’s bruising encounter with RGS the B team showed incredible spirit in the glorious sunshine. The pitch looked more like a southern hemisphere pitch conducive to fast open back play, instead the match was ferociously fought in the scrum. Shiplake turned out a typically large team which didn’t faze us and from the outset we matched them tackle for tackle, showed some excellent rucking skills and held our own in the scrum despite being considerably lighter.

Throughout the first half the game was very evenly matched, with Blue Coat defending strongly and tackling fearlessly. In attack we showed great thought and some incisive running from both the forwards and the backs with excellent kicking from Ed Philpott. There was a passage of play on our line where we defended valiantly, Shiplake crossed the line twice only for the ball to be held up over the line unfortunately the third time we couldn’t stop them touching down. Their second came from a gathering of a lucky bounce deep in our 22 but this didn’t deter us, and we set about reducing their lead before half time. A series of excellent crash ball carries from Alex Cross, Titus Magiya and Zack Hawkes earned a penalty inside their 22 and from that distance Callum McNickle looked unstoppable as he broke three tackles to score. 5 – 14 at half time and it could go either way.

The second half started with an empty bench, Sergio Grannum was called to A team duty meaning Sam Hitchen and Tom Klapwijk came into the scrum. On his debut Tom did himself proud, putting in some crunching tackles and rucking well. Ed Philpott continued his strong kicking game and found some excellent touches from penalties and found space inside Shiplake’s 22. One such kick was gathered well, recycled quickly and sent down the line to Josh Stevenson who scored bringing the score to 10 -19. The last 15 minutes were draining for both teams and Blue Coat could have easily crossed the line twice through the excellent communication between Ed Philpott and Jaydn Sirju.

The boys can hold their heads high, they played very well and are we look forward to City of London Freemen next week.