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Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U12A vs  Epsom College
On: Saturday, 14 Sep 2019
Venue: Away

U12A vs Shiplake

Won - 35-0

Scorers - W. Benjamin, J Baylis, O Collins (2), C Delaloye, M Kuorehjarvi, H Turner

Man of the match: K Morjaria - won every scrum bar one, went forward with the ball and moved the ball into space effectively.

U12A vs Ewell Castle

Drew - 5-5

Scorer - J Brand

MoM - W Benjamin: some excellent runs and a superb try saving tackle

U12A vs Epsom College

Lost - 5 - 20

Scorer - A Main

MoM - Alex Main - excellent footwork and use of space...and a try saving tackle.

An excellent morning to start off the U12s sporting careers at RBC on excellent pitches and stunning surroundings and the boys duly stepped up to the task in hand, most notably with a 7-0 debut win over local rivals, Shiplake with whom, no doubt, fierce rivalries will continue for the next seven years!


In the Shiplake game the boys played some excellent rugby where the ball was kept alive and moved to space whilst pressurising the opposition in defence. Jack Baylis' try characterised this in an excellent move. Harry Turner proved adept at moving the ball away from the ruck to give the wider players chance to showcase their skills in a really pleasing start as Charlie Smith showed the team what would be needed defensively as the season progresses.

Against Ewell Castle, who were, in truth very good at the ruck, a conceeded early try dented the team's confidence and some old habits of tucking the ball under one arm and charging into contact left frustrated bystanders in the wide areas. The team did compete admirably at the rucks and some flashes of individual excellence were seen but it was a game the team probably should have won had the ball been moved to space. Jack Brand snuck through to touch down to equalise with a nice 'show and go' and Kaiden Lynch was just, unfortunately, denied a try in what was his first competitive rugby experience.

Epsom College proved to be the toughest test with some large powerful runners in midfield and the ploy of playing up hill in the first half to capitalise in the second largely backfired as the team went 3-0 down. Despite conceeding early, the second half proved more successful where the team scored probably our best try of the day as Jack Brand's well timed pass put Alex Main into space and he was able to show what he is capable of in the wide areas with a neat touchdown. Epsom then came back and despite great efforts from Ollie Collins, amongst others, in the tight areas the team couldn't quite get another try.

Overall, an excellent day and a fine learning experience for this team. It was fantastic to see the players that stepped up to embrace the more physical challenge U12 rugby provides compared to U11s and early signs of a willingness to move the ball into wide areas will play dividends as this group moves forward.