Match Report
Emmanuel College 1st XV vs  King's Priory School
On: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

The Boys are beginning to believe!!!

The game kick off at 3 pm with a huge kick off with the ball coming down with snow on it – luckily new second row convert Lewis Underwood was underneath and caught the ball brilliantly despite a big tackle being put in on him. Never the less, Lewis presented the ball well and a quick pass from Tom Kell, the Emmanuel scrum half set our backs away who made good yards up the field. This attack unfortunately ended with a pass going into touch. For the next 10 minutes or so both teams were attacking well and defending well but not really creating any chances. Then a good passage of play that began from a lineout, and numerous phases for Emmanuel that got them close to the Kings 22m line. From here a half break by the ever impressive Vuse Dube saw him get tackled just short, then out of nowhere came Josh Glencorse who should have been on the wing, but had supported Vuse and picked up from the base of the ruck to just get over the try line. Conversion by Kell! From the restart Emmanuel got the ball and moved it well through the backs, after a couple of phases Cameron Mather received the ball on the halfway line and burst through the Kings defence and ran half the length of the pitch to score under the posts, again conversion by Kell! The rest of the first half was a bit scrappy and Emmanuel seemed to take their foot off the gas so to speak, and made some silly decisions that almost cost us. Kell finished the half with a penalty to make the score 17- 0 to Emmanuel.

Second half big kick off from Trott, the Kings priory lads let it bounce and Underwood was on it like a flash to scoop up the loose ball and make great ground towards the kings try line, unfortunately this move finished with a knock on by Emmanuel to stop us from scoring. Kings came back at Emmanuel from here and put Emmanuel under a fair bit of pressure, their 12 and 15 were especially causing problems. From one of the Kings attacks they knocked on and from the resulting scrum, Emmanuel attacked and 5 phases later Elliot Trott picked the ball up on the left wing 50 meters out, and won the foot race to the line and he went in under the posts to again make the conversion easier for Kell. This woke Emmanuel back up and they had numerous attacks with excellent runs from Walker, Dervishi and Boyle that almost led to more tries. It was from one of these powerful burst that Kell picked up the ball about 15 m out and dummied and shimmied his way over the try line to round off another impressive match from him. He converted his own try! The game finished 29 - 0 to Emmanuel.

There were again some superb performances, Dervishi is like a human bowling ball when he is in the mood and the site of 3 and 4 Kings lads hanging off him as he carries the ball is quite something! Walker was excellent again, he was all over the field and just about won every lineout of the game, for us and from the opposition. Cunningham was outstanding in the forwards. He did all the hard work and dirty jobs that not many people realise are what help you win games! In the backs all played very well, but on his return to the first team, having had a sabbatical for running the Great North Run and going on Duke of Edinburgh, Glencorse was excellent, tackling well out in the backs, turning over possession, and scoring a nice try. If he could catch he would have had a hatful of tries today! Pin