Match Report
Guildford Grammar School 1st XV vs  Wesley College
On: Saturday, 04 May 2019
Venue: at Home

We played our first game of the season at Guildford. Coming off from a tough rugby festival during the holidays, we were focusing on our defence and making sure we did the basics well. Congratulations to Isaac Evans in being awarded the Captaincy and Aidan Crummey in his Vice Captaincy appointment. We had two Year 10 debutants start in this game, with Aidan McCrum at fly half and Lachlan Grime playing open side flanker. Ned Sullivan, Tom Abbott and Rourke Turton received their first starting caps.

During the game we battled to clear our ball on most clearance opportunities, which kept us in our own half for most of the game. We looked dangerous and on the odd occasion that we were in Wesley’s half during the first half, we managed to score 2 converted tries. Wesley was given a penalty try late in the second half.

The first try came from Lachlan Grime who scored after a couple pickups on Wesley’s try line. Lachlan was able to go blind and with a solid leg drive, go over the white wash; which Isaac Evans was able to convert. For the second try we were able to put phases together, we got the ball out and Isaac Evans was able to put a kick through which Rourke Turton chased. Approximately 20 meters out, Rourke was able to kick the rolling ball, chase his kick and with a big dive, get to the ball before Wesley’s winger; dotting it down for a sensational try. Isaac Evans converted resulting in 14-0 up which stayed until the half. Wesley received the penalty try late in the second half.

Marcus Peters came on for a blood replacement with Tom Mascall-Browne, Spencer Cresswell replaced Lachlan Grime and Charlie Crozier rotated on for Benjamin Dewar. Jesse Angel-Ewings will be back this week to strengthen our forwards and lineout options.

Next week, we play at Christ Church Grammar School. Our last encounter we played them was during the Scotch Rugby Festival over the school holidays. It was our first match and we were scrappy but we have come a long way and I am looking forward to our encounter.

Coach

Mr J-L Watt