Match Report
Nottingham High School 1st XV vs  Worksop College
On: Saturday, 12 Oct 2002
Venue: at Home

Saturday 12th October 2002: Nottingham High School 28, Worksop College 12 

We went into Saturday's game on a four game winning streak and confident of increasing this to five, with the visit of Worksop.

From the opening kick off we put pressure on Worksop, but only to squander scoring opportunities through mistakes and pointless penalties. A penalty for the use of the 'f' word allowed Worksop to put the first points on the board and take a 3 - 0 lead. We rallied back and some good support play and strong running in midfield enabled us dominate and get good field position deep inside their twenty two. A five-metre scrum gave us the perfect scoring opportunity and using a back row move Christian Nembhard was able to comfortably score in the corner. The 5- 3 score line did not last long as numerous penalties against us gave Worksop the chance to add another three points. The 1st half continued tightly as strong defence and penalties slowed the tempo of the game, allowing neither side to play, as they would like. The remainder of the half
ought just three points for both sides and we went into half time trailing 8 - 9. 

After a mistake ridden 1st half we began the second half looking to take control of the game and build a significant lead. An early penalty gave us three points and took us ahead of Worksop 11 - 9. With the game very much still in the balance, possession and points were crucial if we were going to continue our winning run. A backs move from a lineout in their half worked perfectly opening a gap for Richard Varley who finished strongly and gave us a nine point lead. With barely ten minutes gone we continued to look for more points and a bigger lead. However it was Worksop who struck back and added another three points,
inging them within one score. This didn't last long as a penalty of our own
ought our lead back to nine points and more importantly two scores. With plenty of time left this was not going to be enough. The forwards continued well in their support play and some quick ruck ball on the left hand side allowed us to work the short side and give Dominic Howell the overlap he needed to run round underneath the posts for the try. With a sixteen-point lead we just needed to defend strongly and play sensible rugby, however in the last fifteen minutes we were not given the opportunity to play, penalty after penalty against us meant we unable to mount any pressure of our own. Despite the constant pressure on our line, the tackling and defence, which has been so strong this year held firm and didn't allow any more points to be added. 

Saturday's performance was not as clinical and intense as we would have perhaps liked but again we showed we are able to dig out a comfortable victory. We can take pride that we only conceded twelve points, all penalties, in a game which we put constant pressure on ourselves through penalties. This was mainly due to excellent first up tackling and defensive organisation. The forwards again scrummaged well and the backs showed their attacking prowess and finishing ability. The victory increases our winning tally to five and with Welbeck next week we will hope to increase this total further.