Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U14C vs  Shiplake College
On: Saturday, 14 Sep 2019
Venue: Away

RBC 34 : Shiplake 22

MOTM Rory Scott

A super match to watch with some excellent tackling and rucking to go alongside big runs and plenty of tries. Try scorers: Coen 2, Noah 1, Charlie 1, Alex 1, Rory 1

Quite a different game from last week’s encounter with RGS. This week our rucking was better, our running was more direct and some of the tackling was exceptional! Shiplake drew first blood through one of their big forwards, but Blue Coat replied swiftly with Charlie (excellent game in both defence and attack, providing constant options in support ) scoring our first points of the season. This was followed by the first of 2 tries from Coen, who proved very hard to stop and made numerous puncturing runs through Shiplake’s defence through the game. Our 4th try was Noah’s, with speed and strength proving vital in the match.

4 to 1 up, we eased up on the pressure and Shiplake scored again before half time, then twice more after the break to even the scores! But, making their coach, and no doubt parents, very proud indeed, the team responded with great spirit and Alex, having looked dangerous from the start with ball in hand, powered over the try line to pull ahead. This was followed by our try of the match, with MVP and Captain Rory completing a run that had begun well into our own half and involved seamless handling and support at the breakdown.

This was certainly a great team performance. Henry once again showed fearless and fancy footwork, making him so hard to tackle. Oscar played as a forward and back, always in the thick of it. Ben’s gap spotting runs as number 9 and some crucial tackles were brilliant. Most enthusiastic crash ball volunteer must go to Tanush, who used his strength to great effect. Keahn was everywhere, rucking well and always working hard to support in attack. Finley’s strength was vital and his willingness to hook hugely appreciated! Harrison’s tackling was amazing; textbook, tenacious and no doubt terrifying for the opposition when they saw him closing in! George was brilliant, covering the kicks intelligently as fullback and slotting into attacking runs with power and balance. And Marcus, playing his first ever competitive match, got stuck in for the full game, throwing himself into the fray and helping to secure a very well deserved team victory.

Excellent work to you all!