Match Report
Bishop's Stortford High School Boys-U18A vs  Watford Grammar School for Boys
On: Saturday, 13 Dec 2014
Venue: Away

In the last game of the season, and the last game of the Year 13’s school careers, Stortford travelled to Watford on a cold but beautiful day to once again take on the team they had beaten in the County Cup semi final.

TBSHS kicked off and immediately gained the early territory, putting pressure on in the first two minutes and playing the structure well and changing the game plan when needed. Soon after this, George Kenny made a strong run down the touchline after picking and driving and the phase after this, Dan Bolton managed to crash through the line to score the game’s first try. Nathan Gravestock made the conversation. However, Watford hit straight back with a penalty and stayed in the Stortford half for the majority of the first half and scored a try quickly. They remained in control after Teddy Oliver was sin binned for hands in the ruck, but didn’t get through the boys high defence as TBSHS defended excellently with 14 men. In the last play of the half, Stortford made a break from the back, and this allowed them to finally put some phase play together, resulting in them nearly scoring in the corner but Alex Hughes was just bundled out into touch, so the first half ended with the score at 10-3 to Watford.

The second half commenced with Stortford knowing exactly what they needed to do, and they didn’t wait to put this plan of action into place. After receiving a penalty, the ball was kicked to the corner and the forwards worked well to allow Dan Bolton to flop over the line for his second score of the game. He could have a third straight after but he somehow managed to drop the ball over the line. However, after the resultant scrum and a few phases of good play, Owen Mitchell took advantage of a previous sin binning for Watford to make an outside break and score. Gravestock failed to convert both of these tries. Again, after constant pressure, Will Powell decided to have a little snipe from 10 and glided through a gap to get over the line. Nathan managed to convert this. The game looked to be out of sight for Watford with the score at 24-10 but they had not given up managed to score a try from a kick that had not been fielded and converted this, meaning they only needed a converted try to get the draw. But Stortford defended superbly in the last five minutes to seal the 24-17 victory and complete a good end to the season.

A huge well done must go to every boy who played for the 1st team this season. Some were played out of position on a few occasions and new boys came into the fore as 1st team regulars for this and next season.