Match Report
King's College, Taunton 1st XV vs  Blundell's School
On: Saturday, 24 Sep 2016
Venue: at Home

The score line does not really do justice to what was a well contested game of rugby which was both exciting and entertaining.

Both teams started positively and there was a willingness to attack and run the ball which made for a great spectacle. King’s started brightly and were able to match the physical power of the Blundell’s side in the scrummage and break down. Angus Lyon winning an early turnover in the first ruck, a trend which he was able to continue throughout the match.

Some loose kicking and missed tackles allowed Blundell’s to score against the run of play but King’s were determined to keep up their competitive approach. The forwards, led well by Charlie Agbo, were strong in the contact area. The pick and go was extremely effective as Ed Himbury and Ben Winsey carried well at the defence.

King’s will continue to strive for concentration and consistency as they were hit with a further two quick tries as they overloaded the break down area and were caught short on the blind side. Despite this, when they were able to put the phases together, they caused Blundell’s problems. Playing to their strengths King’s worked down field and drew a penalty deep in the opposition 22. Himbury carried strongly once again and good technique secured quick ball as Tom Oxland fed Aaron Chapman at pace. Unstoppable from 5 metres he crashed over for a well-deserved score.

Again lapses in concentration at key moments let King’s down but they still maintained great character and heart as Blundell’s scored a further two tries from unforced errors. King’s continued to show self-belief and pressed hard, winning a lineout 5 metres from the Blundell’s line. A great throw to the four jumper and a brilliantly set maul, led once again by the excellent Ed Himbury, allowed Matt Bullman to burrow over for the score much to the delight of the forward pack. 33-10 down at half time King’s did feel that they had played well and were in the game.

Still King’s continued to push hard and the second half remained a tight affair until the last few minutes where fatigue and further errors allowed Blundell’s to stretch ahead. The team showed tremendous commitment in all areas of the field, no better highlighted by some wonderful last ditch tackling from Tom Oxland and Angus Lyon to deny Blundell’s a try mid-way through the half. Harry Cooper-Simpson worked hard all afternoon to contain his man and Chapman was consistently threatening in the middle of the park.

This was a good game overall and King’s should be incredibly encouraged by the manner of their commitment and determination. Hard work is now required to minimise errors, work on tactical decision-making and pushing forward from a wholehearted team performance that was resilient and passionate.

Man of the match; Aaron Chapman