Match Report
Berkhamsted School 2nd XV vs  Rugby School
On: Saturday, 29 Nov 2014
Venue: Away

With 4 wins in a row leading up to this weekend, the team were confident of their ability. However, these were not the most challenging of teams and we knew this fixture would be a real test of our ability.

With the low level November afternoon sun in our eyes, we kicked off to Rugby school. Everything was very tight at first, but with one missed tackle in the midfield, the Rugby 10 made a break and completed a 2 on 1 for their 13 to score and convert his own try on the 5 minute mark. It was unnerving how easily they scored.

Their scrum was much heavier than ours and we went backwards most times but we managed to win 100% of our own ball. The lineout also worked well even with our 1st choice tighthead and 2nd row missing with injury and Team captain Tivey called up to the 1st team. We looked fairly confident with the ball in hand and we were able to make good yards with attacking passages of play, but it was all too soon before we made a mistake and gave the ball away. Too frequently, we would attack alone and get turned over as there was no support.

The next three tries of the first half were all scored out wide with our defence not drifting properly and their pacey winger was able to finish using footwork to beat Fosberry at fullback. At half time, Rugby were 22-0 up.

The disappointing aspect of our performance was Rugby was allowed to run with the ball too much and our tackling was ineffective and we weren’t aggressive enough. However, their 6th try half way through the second half was their last and we finally stumped up some muscle and fought back.

With 7 minutes to go, the forwards managed a push over try with Ed Leane grounding the ball and Frame easily converting close to the posts. However, this only rallied the strong Rugby 2nd team and the last 5 minutes was spent defending our own line, except this time with honour. The final whistle came with relief and Rugby convincingly champions on the day, 7 - 42.

The boys will have to learn how lift their performance from the start, to match strong opposition and not be walked over.