Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U13A vs  Christ's Hospital
On: Saturday, 03 Nov 2018
Venue: Away

The U13s A, B & C split into three mixed sides - the Blues, Golds and Gryphons to play against Christ's College Hospital School from where the Reading Blue Coat founder, Richard Aldworth, was a governor, to match how they organise their junior rugby.

Blues - Won 11-8

Try Scorers - Lucas Dance (4), Ethan Morgan, Oji Adoh, Henry Hawes, Ben Babcock, Henry Carter-Shaw, Bertie Pain

MoM - Ethan Morgan

Golds - Won 8-2

Try Scorers Tom Day , James Davis and Brandon Kingsbury (all 2), Coen Djamson, Magnus Bruce

MoM - Brandon Kingsbury (For his dogged determination in defence and hard running in the Outside Centre position)

Gryphons - Lost 3-4

Try Scorers Nadir Naseem (2) Penalty Try (also Nadir - high tackle in the act of scoring)

MoM - Nadir for excellent running combined with an improved appetite for tackling and rucking.

Reports:

The Gryphons had a very competitive game where there was plenty of free flowing rugby by both sides who both preferred running to tackling. In the forwards, Kellen Draper continued with his recent development to produce a strong game in the scrum and ruck and he was ably supported by the abrasive Sam Wybrow and the quickly improving Rory Scott to ensure we were competitive up front. This allowed Sam Deacon to exploit some holes further out as he made excellent inroads with some strong runs and improving handling.

In the backs, George Foyle and Dylan Baker ensured the ball was shipped wide (a more churlish observer may have objected to one of the opposition lining up inside Dylan to intercept for a try and prevent one of ours!) but Jack Rees continued with the handling to release the excellent Nadir and Alex Hempel to use their undoubted pace in the wide areas. Jake Reeve also showed great commitment and mazy running.

Unfortunately, like South Africa, we couldn't blame the ref for our defeat but stronger tackling and better ball retention (particularly when we are over the line!!!!) meant the Gryphons first outing didn't finish with the pride of the lion or the soaring of an eagle, but it was pretty close.

The Blues were involved in an odd game where it was very possible that there were more tries than tackles, though the lack of quality in defence from both sides did lead to an end to end and entertaining 50 minutes of rugby. We started the game not knowing what to expect, so when with their first possession an athletic runner smashed through our line and put CH 1-0 up it seemed it might be a tough match ahead.

The blues came together instantly got level, before sailing into a 4 try lead within the first 10 minutes. The early tries came through good running through some weak tackles, impressive finishes nonetheless from Lucas Dance and Henry Hawes who shared the first 4 tries. The Blues looked like they could score with every attack, and they almost did. At half time it was 2-6 in our favour though there was a lack of quality rugby being played.

The second half saw more tries, more flimsy tackles but encouragingly some more fluent attacking play from the Blues. The oppo capatalised on a complacent defensive performance from the Blues and reduced the gap to just 2 in quick time. Before the back line took control and made use of the good possession they had, Lucas Dance, Ethan Morgan and Oji Adoh came alive and along with the other backs they started to slice through the opposition using skills and accuracy not just brute force.

The game ended an amazing 11-8 to the Blues, all the try scorers are above. Highlight finishes came from Ethan Morgan after he started a counter attack in our own half before supporting the play and picking a gap from 10 yards out. Oji Adoh also showed off his constantly improving ball carrying to score a solo try.

GOLDS

Report: A change in format saw the U13's face the challenge of playing with other people that they would not normally be on the field with. The Golds led by Ollie Matthews as captain faced a larger in statue Christ Hospital team that had been used to this format of mixed rugby.

Having made the long walk to the pitches and had a short warm up, The Golds made a better than expected start to the game with brilliant running from the backs orchestrated by Barney, Brandon Kingsbury and Tom Day were the ones however to place the ball over the try line further more a try from Cohen made the score 5-0. In defence we tackled hard, preventing their bigger runners from getting over the gainline. Magnus Bruce and Jack Leffley did a very good job in slowing down the opposition ball down, however unfortunatley Chirst Hospital scored 2 quick tries to take the score to 5-2 at half time.

The second half was one of more conservative rugby the two teams tightened up their defensive structures and this was reflected in the scoreline, The highlight was the second half was seeing Magnus Bruce spin a flat pass from the ground into the hands of James Davies for the opening try of the half, a pass that England could do with next week against New Zealand. Furthermore an outstanding tackle from Cohen to prevent a certain try down the right hand touchline was just as good to see as scoring a try. The game finished with two trys to top off an outstanding performace for the Gold Team against a tough Christ Hospital team. The Game finished 8-2.

A brilliant effort from all the boys and we look forward to next weeks challenge.