Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U13A vs  Churcher's College
On: Saturday, 13 Oct 2018
Venue: Away

Result - Won 10-5

Tries - Tom Day & Brandon Kingsbury

Celebrity mention(s) Lucas Dance MoM (Churcher’s coach’s recommendation!) ‘Haribo’ Tackler of the match - Jack Rees. Best performance in an RBCS shirt to date - Max Dhanda

Having had one excellent training session on Tuesday and a very poor one Thursday it was going to interesting to see which team 'turned up'. Happily it was the former as the U13As replicated the 10 - 5 score from last year’s game in another extremely closely contested game by producing the best team performance of the season to date against an aggressive and well drilled side.

Playing up hill into the wind for the first half meant a huge defensive effort was going to be needed to be in the game at half-time and the team duly delivered. The Churcher’s ‘big man’ was smashed back off a penalty and after that, the tone was set as Ollie Matthews, Brandon Kingsbury and Max Dhanda got through a multitude of tackles. The midfield defence (on both sides to be fair) was outstanding as Jack Rees in particular met his man head on as the ball was being received to make many positive tackles to rightly be voted the Haribo tackler of the match by his team mates to join Brandon in the Haribo Pantheon of Fame.

Despite an excellent period of defence next to our line, which ended in Ethan Morgan’s excellent touch clearance, Churcher’s stuck to their task and finally went over in the corner. However, some excellent passing and back play where Dylan Baker again improved his distribution, saw the backs make significant in roads into the Churcher’s defence for Lucas to offload to Tom Day, supporting superbly, to touch down in the corner to even the score at 1-1 at half-time. Many more attacks were thwarted by the spirited opposition despite RBCS going close on several occasions.

The second half, apart from one small period where again, excellent defence, this time by Sam Deacon who added tackling to his strong running and rucking in this game saw a reverse of the first half with RBCS on the attack for long periods. Ethan came into his own with some excellent running in the wide channels as the Churcher’s midfield tackled excellently. This mounting pressure, added to by Max winning several scrums against the head alongside Jack Leftley, Coen Djamson and Ed Telling working themselves to a standstill at rucks saw RBCS with a 5m penalty which was duly fed to Brandon who showed his ‘Happy Feet’ to dance past his defender to touch down.

Both debutants, Kellen Draper and Nadir Naseem produced strong performances with Nadir, despite looking very nervous, having several excellent runs down the wing while Kellen had two excellent steals in mauls and anchored the scrum extremely well.

Unfortunately, in games like these there are often bangs and Henry Hawes took a knock midway through the first half as he looked to carry so we hope he comes back soon.

So, Churchers edged the rucking and tackling (despite ours being hugely improved) but RBCS's running and passing won the day. Very well done to both sides for producing a very exciting game.