Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U12A vs  Aylesbury Grammar School
On: Saturday, 28 Sep 2019
Venue: at Home

U12A 10 -10 AGS A

Tries: Kaiden Lynch & Alex Main

By far the most physical game of the year so far which saw a superb rear guard effort towards the end when the team possibly could have pinched it late on. After spurning some early tries through poor decision making, a far more fluid style of play emerged as the team who have only been together for a few weeks started to click.

Celebrity mentions: Joe Wooldridge - some excellent defence and an increased willingness to pass the ball into the wider areas makes him look increasingly comfortable in the midfield. Ollie Collins - again, moved the ball excellently whilst also choosing the right time to take it on his own.

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An attritional game, which saw lots of RBC and AGS players on the floor at various times ended in what was probably a fair result of two tries apiece, as both teams battled furiously.

An early conceded try saw RBC really focus and some excellent approach play meant RBC spent long periods in the AGS half. It was, however, closer to the line, on three occasions, where players dummied and went inside only to be held up on, or close to the line with unmarked support players outside that meant the chances went begging.

AGS stormed back to get close to the RBC line but an increasingly organised and pressing defence, largely marshalled by the afore mentioned Joe, kept AGS at bay. Will Benjamin, Charlie Smith and Jack Baylis all made excellent tackles when it looked like the line might be breached. As it was, from a breakdown on the left the was moved through two pairs of hands, close to our line, to find Kaiden in space to go the length to score. AGS hit back again and this time, from a free kick, did breach the line to score.

The second half continued with an equal measure of physicality with Billy Nieland and Theon Yiakoumi both taking the ball up hard. RBC continued to try to play and expansive game, as in fairness did AGS, and tackles into touch from both teams saved potential tries. RBC then had a long period of pressure and pleasingly the ball was worked into a wide area when Alex Main had the space to nip through to touch down.

AGS once again hit back and ‘the tank’ was given the ball only for Charles Delaloye to strip the ball in the tackle to give RBC one last chance to snatch it which, unfortunately didn’t quite come off to see the game end in a draw.

From the players;

Better rucking in the second half

Better moving of the ball, but we still need to go forward

Work-ons

Taking the ball moving forward

A local derby with Claire’s Court on the astro next week - one to look forward to.