Match Report
Bloxham School Colts B vs  Malvern College
On: Saturday, 15 Sep 2018
Venue: at Home

Bloxham defeated Malvern 26-7 in a fantastic team performance in which all players made a significant contribution. Bloxham went into an early 7-0 lead after hard running inside centre Ivan Wang ran an excellent line off scrum-half Toby Levene to power over for a try, which was expertly converted from the touchline by Zac Wilton. Bloxham then extended their lead on the stroke of half time with a fantastically worked team try- Ivan Wang made another break, and off-loaded well to Jack Dunk on the half way line. Jack, with plenty of work still to do was able to power past three defenders and touch down under the posts, with Zac Wilton adding the conversion.

Malvern then hit back shortly into the second half, reducing the deficit to seven points, with 25 minutes left to play. Any Bloxham nerves were however calmed with Oliver Marcais’ try. Number Eight Jack Dunk opted to ‘pick and go’ from a 5 metre scrum, and although well tackled, Oliver Marcais was able to recycle the ball and power over for a try. With Harry Nicholls returning to the pitch, Zac relinquished kicking duties, however Harry proved a more than adequate replacement, slotting over a fantastic touch line conversion to extend the lead to 14 points.

The third Bloxham try provided them with renewed vigour, and this was further enhanced by the arrival of the A team, who provided additional vocal support on the touchline. Malvern received a 5 metre scrum on their own try line, and a thunderous tackle from Oliver Marcais dislodged the ball from the Malvern attacker, allowing Ben Makin to drop onto the ball and guarantee Bloxham victory.

This was a fantastic team performance in which all played their part. Acting Captain Sam Church commanded the back line well along with James Fry and made some effective pressure relieving kicks, with scrum half Toby Levene’s accurate passing ensured that the back line had a regular supply of clean ball. Zac Wilton, Harry Mobbs and Teddy Sealey proved evasive with ball in hand, and the tackling of Ben Makin, James Fry, James Marshall and Adam Wales meant that Malvern were often on the back foot. Bloxham played an intelligent game, using the powerful running of James Marshall, Max Tyler, Jack Dunk and Oliver Marcais to suck defenders in, before effective rucking from mobile forwards such as George Baker and Stephen Tsoi allowed them to quickly recycle the ball, and feed their powerful back line.

The level of togetherness amongst the whole squad was evident to see, and the boys were an absolute credit to themselves and their coach Mr Yates.

RH, 15/9/2018