Match Report
The King's School, Canterbury Boys-U18A vs  Seiko Gakuin
On: Tuesday, 08 Aug 2017
Venue: Away

The 1st XV were faced with a challenge they had never seen before. The team had the opportunity to really get to know the opposition players prior to the match, as they stayed in their houses and were taken through multiple cultural learning activities by their opposite men. The challenge therefore was to put these newly formed friendships behind them and face them on the pitch the next day. Straight from the kickoff it was evident that it would be a tough and physical game. It was a strong start by the King's School side, with an early try by Richard Heywood followed by a seemingly impossible conversion by Charlie Watson. As the half progressed the opposition managed to put some points on their scoreboard, leaving King's School one try behind by half time. The King's team battled through the rest of the match determined to get ahead, and thanks to a speedy run from Soti George and a good quick decision by Mark Backer to take a quick penalty King's managed to score another two tries. Unfortunately this was not enough to win them the game, as Sieko Gakuin managed to maintain their one try lead till the end of the game. Ultimately, the King's school players enjoyed the match, and learned a lot about their weaknesses, which will only do them good in their upcoming season. Hopes are high for the next game, and the team will have a well deserved break until then. Francesco Serraino