Match Report
King's School Bruton Boys-U15A vs  Gillingham School
On: Thursday, 18 Oct 2018
Venue: Away

Every single one of the King's boys was smaller than their opposite number, the Gillingham side looked more like an under 16 team, and a good one at that. King's were nervous and this showed in the first 15 minutes where they did not tackle and they made fundamental mistakes. They lacked the intensity they had shown against KES and it had the look of a long and potentially painful afternoon. 10 - 0 down in the first quarter and then the boys changed the way they were playing, they worked the ball on the crash, using Mathew Wong, Archie Waddington, James Newcombe and Ollie Gasson Hargreaves to their fullest extent. Seamus Corrigan and Aled Downes were also dangerous and through this the boys scored a magnificent try at the hands of a hungry and determined Murray Hendrie. This was converted by Aled Downes. There were a couple of odd decisions at this stage that caused some confusion (not being able to take a quick penalty, as well as a consistently illegal scrum) and the boys ended up 17 - 7 down at the end of the first half.

The boys went down 22 - 7 early on in the second half (following a questionable decision) and this fueled their determination to play harder and to keep their head held high. Archie Waddington scored a tough try followed by a fantastic sore from the returning captain, James Newcombe. 22 - 17 and the boys camped out in the Gillingham half, determined to keep going and despite their best efforts they were unable to score in the last minutes.

Praise must go to Isaac Pugh who played for the opposition in the first half, and Henry Wareham who put on a red shirt in the second. The team has lessons to learn, passing to improve upon and a back line that has to push up to put pressure on their opposition but it was a super performance (in the end) against a talented and strong team.

Man of the match goes to Freddie James, who relentlessly tackled some huge players and was ambitious in his desire to keep going forward.