Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U14C vs  RGS, High Wycombe
On: Saturday, 07 Sep 2019
Venue: at Home

This was a tough first outing for the 14Cs! RGS were a well drilled and determined outfit who, right from the start, showed that they could run hard, support well and tackle hard too. Blue Coat were on the back foot early on and needed to make tackle after tackle just to stop RGS from surging over the try line. Blue Coat played with real heart and, whilst it was inevitable that there were moments when heads dropped, it was tremendous to see the boys keep encouraging one another, making tackles and never shying away from the opportunity to run at the opposing defences.

Oji led the team very well, demonstrating great commitment in both defence and attack. Alex made a number of excellent strong runs and was hard to stop, while Henry showed how elusive he could be as a runner. In his first ever competitive match, Keahn got stuck in brilliantly and never lost his determination. Some valuable tackles were made by Noah, with one in particular that saw him as last line of defence preventing a certain try. Tackle of the day went to Aahaan who very bravely tracked back and took down a strong and fast RGS centre from behind. Tanush always worked hard and used his strength well in the tackles and Ben both tackled tenaciously and distributed some excellent ball to the backs. Charlie was always putting RGS under pressure by being one of the first to challenge in the tackle and Oscar, bravely playing out of position, did some excellent work as a second row in the scrums and trying to recycle the ball at the breakdown. James worked hard throughout the game, keen to receive and run at RGS, as did Tom who never gave up and had to make some important tackles too. MVP went to Kyle, who was in the thick of the rucks, tackled brilliantly and showed himself to be a capable carrier of the ball.

It wasn't a glorious game, but it did hold promise of much better things to come. Determined commitment, teamwork and a willingness to learn lessons taught by an excellent opposition stand the boys in good stead for the weeks ahead. Well done to you all and I look forward to training on Tuesday!