Match Report
Berkhamsted School Boys-U15A vs  Haileybury
On: Thursday, 16 Oct 2014
Venue: at Home

It was always going to be a tough encounter with Haileybury, and the mist of loosing to them by two point last year in the county cup was always in the back of our minds! In near perfect rugby playing conditions, we started with great intensity from the kick off. It was clear what we worked on during the week had great effect as we were able to move the ball between the touchlines effortlessly. Haileybury's defence to there credit was up to it; however, a moment of excellent hands by Wilson and fantastic footwork from Harris saw him squeeze the first try in of the afternoon in the corner. It looked like we were on the front foot. You can never predict what is going to happen and a monment of miss communication and poor work tracking back lead to Haileybury hacking the ball through to sneaking a well converted try to take the lead. The tables had changed in a flash and the battle was on! Fortunately we manged to stay on the front foot and after some good forward play Godsell managed to burrow his way through close to the line. It wasn't time to relax and Halieybury came back at us again just before half time and it looked like they were begining to take control at 12-14.

We knew at half time we had to come out and take control of the game in the second half. Fortunately that is exaclty what we did from the kick off. We kept hold of the ball and built up a well contstructed try without Hailybury even getting their hands on it - Munday coming away with the honours. This was converted by Smart to take us into a 19-14 lead. The next score or points was going to be the most important and it was at occasions a fantic part of the game with erros being made by both sides. It was clear we just needed a little bit of composure to execute what we have been doing all season. Eventually we created some space in the Haileybury back lline and some quick communication along with excellent hands from Smart and Wilson again let Spittal walk one over the try line. Converted by Smath to take a 26-14 lead it was luck we came away with 7 more points after turning down two penalties directly infront of the posts. Haileybury managed to execute a fine move to slice through our defence to make the last two minutes nevry for us all, but fortunately we held on to our lead.

It has been a fine first half term for the ?U15A Squad who have managed keep a clean sheet of wins. Alot of progress has been made, but there is most defintely more to come from this talented group of boys. I am very much looking forward to the next half of term.

Mr Hockedy