Match Report
The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School 1st XV vs  Mill Hill & Belmont Schools
On: Saturday, 23 Sep 2017
Venue: Away

RUGBY REPORT 3

Close but no cigar..

HABS 1ST XV- 8

MILL HILL 1ST XV- 12

The 1st XV were just 9 minutes away from recording a memorable win at Mill Hill on saturday.

Founders day at Mill Hill featured a penny whistle band as a pre-cursor to the match but it was Habs that provided much of the entertainment on the field in the first half. Blane- Damelin bullocked his way over from a move codenamed 'the cat' and we looked good for the lead, having enjoyed superiority in most aspects of the game.

But sport tends to ebb and flow in terms of dominance and it is importance to fully capitalise when the forces are with you. Sadly a 5-0 half time lead was not a true representation of our superiority and a revitalised Mill Hill came storming back after the break, scoring a try within 10 minutes of the re-start.

A Jackson penalty restored the lead at 8-5 and so it remained as we approached the final quarter. Mill Hill began to run on to the ball with real purpose and we struggled for possession with the loss of our key lineout man Edwards. Alas, Mill Hill forced their way over late on to record a win that could easily have gone either way.

It was another mighty effort from our 1st XV and I was delighted with the teams approach to the game.

Elsewhere, the 2nd XV had similar opportunities to define the course of the match but failed to take full advantage and went down in a competitive game.......

The rugby boys of the middle school have had to endure a difficult start to the season with reduced numbers choosing to play the game and I would like to commend those boys for their efforts in difficult circumstances.

The juniors continue to show real potential and they had two big wins at U13 and U12 against Mill Hill prep school.

Next week the rugby club play against Tiffin.

Afm metcalfe