Match Report
Epsom College 1st XV vs  Blundell's School
On: Wednesday, 09 Nov 2016
Venue: at Home

Epsom progressed into the semi final of the Champions Trophy after an impressive display against a spirited Blundell's team. Playing into the wind in the first half, Epsom used their forwards to great effect, regularly punching holes in the visitors' defence. A series of rucks and some strong ball carries saw Tom Booker (P) force his way over the line from close range to give Epsom the lead. Adam Causer's (H) conversion was unsuccessful from wide out but it wasn't long before Epsom got back on the scoreboard. Some ill discipline at the ruck gave Epsom a penalty 30m out, Causer's well struck kick into the wind made the score 8-0. Epsom's second try came through a powerful individual effort from the impressive James Gulliver (Fa), brushing off a couple of defenders and muscling his way over the line, Causer's conversion was successful and Epsom led 15-0 going into half time. The second half started much like the first, Epsom enjoying lots of possession but now moving the ball freely to the open spaces enabling Alex Coe (C) to break down the touch line. The ball was kept alive by Max Turner (P) and his well timed pass to Ed Hughes (C) saw the centre run in under the posts for what was an outstanding team try, Causer again adding the points and making the score 22-0. Blundell's to their credit never gave up and put together some nice phases of play but fantastic work at the breakdown by Tom Booker (P) and Jame Gulliver (Fa) denied them any momentum and they never looked like getting back into the game. Epsom's fourth try was a move of beauty, Ben Holder's (P) inside pass to Max Turner saw the back rower show an impressive turn of pace and glide in under the posts, Causer converting to make the score 29-0. Blundell's only points in the game came right at the end. A series of scrums and some persistent pressure deep in Epsom's 22 resulted in a converted try, their efforts fully deserved. The victory sets up a home semi final against the holders Bedford.