Match Report
King's College, Taunton U15A XV vs  Ivybridge Community College
On: Thursday, 12 Oct 2017
Venue: at Home

In a much anticipated fixture, in front of a very vocal King's crowd, the U15As proved that they can mix it with the very best of rugby sides and perform under the pressure of a big match occasion.

With a very productive week of training behind them King's looked like a vastly improved side from the one that graced the fist team pitch the previous Saturday, mainly due to the positive running from Charlie Spurr at 10 who was outstanding. Due to his excellent running lines, distribution and creativity the Ivybridge back line never really got to grips with the speed and power displayed across the King's backs, who took in upon themselves to step up after the forwards have been so impressive this season.

It was clear early on that the Ivybridge pack was a more powerful one than previous sides faced this season and the forwards game that has been so successful this so far was soon under pressure. Yet King's adapted quickly realising that fitness and speed would be key and indeed it was as King's took an early lead through the pace of Billy Turner who scored his first of 2 displaying blistering pace down wing.

King's then took a 10-0 lead when an excellent cross field kick from Spurr put the Ivybridge ring wing under pressure which enable both Turner and Larkin to exploit before Larkin touched down. King's made the lead 17-0 at half time with a piece of individual genius from the superb Harry Blakey who spotted a gap down the blind side of a ruck of which his speed was able to take advantage of by running in under the posts from the half way line.

Ivybridge, as expected, came out of the blocks in the second half and were able to get a score for themselves via dominant forward play that on this occasion the King's resolute pack were unable to defend. However, it wasn't long until Billy Tuner got his second yet again via the King's forwards securing more ball before the positive running lines of Will Tothill and Hugo Larkin allowed space for Turner to run in.

Ivybridge, to their credit, again battled back through another forwards try before a break away try from Michael Bray, converted by Sonny Baker, sealed a memorable and well deserved victory.

What an occasion for King's rugby. Up next is Millfiled in Round 3!