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Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U12A vs  Berkshire Festival
On: Thursday, 21 Nov 2019
Venue: at Home

An excellent day of rugby with 6 games where the team won 5 and lost one with some excellent rugby being played throughout.

RBC 10 - 0 Edgeborough

Tries: Alex Main Jack Brand

A slightly lethargic start but Edgeborough's two power players were brought to ground to allow jackals to take place to allow a good flow of ball and when Alex Main scooted through for a try the game turned in RBC's direction.

RBC 15 - 0 Charters

Tries: Charlie Smith 2 Jack Brand

As with Edgeborough, Charters had a couple of threatening runners but again RBC's organisation in defence saw ball turned over at the ruck and with runners coming onto the ball line breaks were made with Charlie Smith scoring two excellemt tries. Will Benjamin, ominously for the opposition, was jackaling and running hard to keep Charters on the back foot.

RBC 35 - 5

Tries: Henry Johnson (2), Matias Kuorehjarvi, Theon Yiakoumi, Alex Main, Joe Wooldridge (2)

Once the 'tank' and had been tackled, RBC got hold of plenty of possession and moved the ball effectively into space through Harry Turner and Jack Brand. Joe, Henry and Alex all showed excellent footwork and running in the wide areas which Charlie Delaloye and Theon both had highly effective games at the ruck.

Unbeaten in the morning - into Pool 1 for the afternoon.

A more testing afternoon was on the cards as teams were streamed with unbeaten teams going into pool 1.

RBC 10 - 0 Bohunt

Tries: Joe Wooldridge & Alex Main

Matias Kuorehjarvi came into his own in this match and carried excellently through the centre as Jack Brand also cut holes in the Bohunt defence and soon the ball was worked wide for the scores. Ollie Collins put on an excellent defensive display in midfield as he and Joe ensured another shut-out against dangerous opponents.

RBC 25 - 15

Tries Matias Kuorehjarvi, Ollie Collins (2), Jack Brand, Joe Wooldridge,

8 tries in 12 minutes meant the crowd got full value for their entrance fee as both sides attacked relentlessly. Reading had the most dynamic player RBC had come across who proved dangerous everytime he got the ball but some excellent team defence meant his opportunities were limited. Will Benjamin and Matias were at their rampaging best with Ollie Collins having his best game of the day, unfortunately eneded a couple of minutes early with a knock.

RBC 0 - 10 Desborough

One final push was needed for what was in effect the 'final' as both teams were unbeaten throughout the day. Desborough showed a willingness to attack RBC on the edges and found success early on. Despite this set back, RBC powered back with Will Benjamin ending up a few inches short of tying the game at half-time after some excellent play by Fraser Awbery. Some tired bodies fell off tackles and Desborough were up 2-0, despite Jack Brand's outstanding determination to take something from the game. In truth, Desborough were probably a touch better on the day but with hard work and a willingness to practice, it won't be long before RBC get the edge in future meetings.