Match Report
Shrewsbury School Boys-U18A vs  Christ College
On: Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017
Venue: Away

Shrewsbury v Christ College Brecon

Lost 19 – 24 (Tries – Pattinson, Shaw, Chaplin: Con – Morris x2)

After a long coach ride through the wilds of Wales, the boys took a while to get into their stride, in this difficult encounter at Christ’s College Brecon. Weak early defence allowed the well-organised Brecon team to score two early tries, which gave them confidence to put together some impressive attacking plays. Five minutes into the second half the boys were under serious pressure, with the scoreline a daunting 24-0 against them. Yet this is a team that does not give up, and the senior players were able to galvanise the squad, leading from the front and pushing the whole team forward in a Herculian effort. With greater focus, and more resolute defence, epitomised by Captain Oli Dixon, the boys started to organise their play more effectively. The forwards were more aggressive in the breakdowns, working together as a collective unit to turn over ball, whilst offering fly-half Felix Kenyon-Smith more time to get the ball into the opposition territory. Shrewsbury thus started to get back into the game, aided by an increased speed of the defensive line, which put the opposition backline under pressure and forced an increasing number of errors. This pressure soon turned into points, with tries coming from both wingers – Toby Pattinson and Charlie Shaw both showing their excellent pace to outrun their opponents. With the opposition penalty count climbing, Magnus Chaplin forced his way over the line after some impressive rucking from the forwards, and especially Bentley Moss, who made yards every time he took the ball.

Unfortunately the team had left themselves too much to do, and time ran out before they could achieve the victory that they so wanted. However, having been 24-0 down early in the second half, the character and application of the team has to be applauded and admired as they rallied to almost take the spoils. Valuable lessons continue to be learnt from each performance and the spirit within the squad continues to grow. The boys deserve praise for their efforts.

Final score 24-19