Match Report
St John's School, Leatherhead 1st XV vs  Eastbourne College
On: Saturday, 11 Nov 2017
Venue: at Home

Today's match started very well for a new looking first XV from the side that played only 2 days earlier v Leeds in the Cup 1/4 final.

There were plenty of players pushing for an opportunity and for the most part took them.

Josh Hay and Arthur Lewis both making their First team starting debuts, whilst a number of others pushing hard from the seconds were starting for the first time this year.

The game started off in light drizzle, which seemed to make the ball herd to catch and although St John's were looking the more physical side we couldn't quite manage to cross the line on a few occasions. 3- 0 to the visitors sparked the players into life and after a good drive at the line impressive Flanker Archie Stevens crashed over for a well earned try.

Throughout the first half, and into the second our line out was function well, and off the back of a very good maul drive we finally got more reward when after some pressure we scored our 2nd try from Will Freeman.

Eastbornes ability to kick in behind us finally paid off when a well weighted grubber put Eastbornes left wing through with an offload in the tackle of Jonny Lack giving the visitors a well worked try to take the scores to 10-13 at the half.

The second half started well for both sides but constant mistakes and penalties made things hard on themselves. Until finally a loose pass on the halfway mark from St John's saw Eastbornes flyhalf run in under the posed to push the lead to 20-10. Que the St John's intensity and fightback. Finally stringing phases after phases together the home side finally made Eastborne pay and a very good leg drive with plenty of support saw James White crash over next to the posts. Ollie Penfold kicked the conversion to set up a grandstand finish.

The game came down to a lineout in the 22 of the visiting team. St John's throwing the kitchen sink at them only to be well tackled in the right hand side of the field into touch and the referee's whistle for full time ended what was a fantastic game of rugby.

Stand out performers for St John's were Archie Stevens for his aggressive runs, likewise Will Freeman and Josh Williams. The lineout combination of Dan Craig/Josh Hay and Hooker Ethan Binns provided a near perfect win %. Arthur Lewis made a strong case for further involvement with some great carries and strong work on defence in the tackle and rucks.