Match Report
Emmanuel College 1st XV vs  Newcastle School for Boys
On: Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

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In a friendly again Newcastle School for Boys the 1st XV played some outstanding rugby and were eventually slightly disappointed to only come away with a 24-24 draw. An evenly contested first half saw Emmanuel squander an early chance as Cameron Mather made a cracking line break from a neat Elliot Trott pass. Once again, one more pass may have seen Emmanuel take a well deserved lead. Amir Dervishi was making his presence felt with some thunderous runs- and he linked well with Louis Underwood after a lovely offload. Having lost some territorial advantage- NSB were first to score in the corner. This confidence blow was further compounded as Emmanuel failed to clear their lines and after a bizarre passage of play conceded a penalty try. 14-0 down at Half Time.

It was fantastic to see the team spirit and fight of the 1st XV as they continued to throw the ball around and challenge the NSB defence. Their efforts were rewarded with a fine bust by Vusi Dube as he cantered in from the half way line for his second try in as many matches. Unfortunately the boys switched off from the restart and NSB replied with a try immediately. Down 19-7 Emmanuel continued to press and a dummy and some dancing feet from the impressive Alex Smith resulted in Seb Walker crashing over in the corner. This try was quickly followed by another long range effort from Elliott Trott, who supported yet another Vusi Dube line break. Emmanuel were now in full flow and the forwards continued to pressurise their opponents at the breakdown. The forwards efforts were typified by a Tarzan like effort from Jack Wood as he held half the NSB pack up to secure a maul turnover. The 1st XV had surely sealed victory when Alex Smith punctured the defence and darted over for a well deserved try, 24-19 to Emmanuel. However, with 5 mintues to go, panic, poor kick chase and perhaps a little match fitness caught up with the team as NSB dotted down in the corner to snatch a late draw, An excellent performance from each member of the squad with standout performances in the backs from Boyle, Mather and Trott, The forwards picks were Dube and Wilson, with the Man of the Match awards being given to Amir Dervishi and Alex Smith. Hard to pick out individuals when everybody contributed to such high quality contest. Onwards to next week and the 1st Round of the Natwest Bowl Competition against King's Priory. ABa