Match Report
King's College, Taunton U15A XV vs  Taunton School
On: Saturday, 09 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

After a very successful first season last year and an impressive pre-season the U15 squad were itching to get onto the pitch for their first outing of 2017. Not only did they perform but it provided an fantastic opportunity to see a few play in differing roles and to try a variety of combinations in preparation for the first competitive fixture next Saturday.

In the first 20 minute period King's got off to a flying start with some excellent handling and solid rucking, which was very encouraging so early in the season. With Jago Schmidt securing numerous possession with excellent body position the King's impressive pack were able to work off Alex Dalton at 9 in wet conditions to crash over the gain line at will, eventually finding themselves 5 metres out where the pack executed the pick and go successfully to get over line.

King's also showed that they are resolute in defence and when required were able to defend the try line with determination and pride. After a long period of displaying this aspect of their game they were able to convert a late opportunity to make it 10-0 after the first 20.

The second 20 allowed for some changes and the versatility of this squad were shown in abundance with Harry Blakey superb at controlling the game at 9, Henry Smeed dictating play from both 10 & 12 and punishing finishing from Hugo Larkin showed what a weapon he can be at 8, 13 and 14. It has to be said that the King's pack worked extremely hard all week in taking on board some new ideas and each one was superb with Ryan Phillips making ground at regular intervals, Will Hall and Ethan Jordaan taking the ball at speed over the gain line and Joss Chippendale excelling in a new role at Hooker.

A very exciting group of players and a season full of promise ahead.

Final score 25-0

Man of the match - Michael Bray