Match Report
The King's School, Worcester Boys-U18A vs  Solihull School
On: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016
Venue: at Home

King’s vs Solihull School

(Natwest Cup 1st Round)

A week and a half since King’s’ defeat to St Peter’s, it was time for the first round of the cup at home against Solihull, a repeat fixture from eighteen days previous. In the prior fixture, King’s had clinched a 13-6 victory and so went into this cup match with an element of mental advantage.

Within the first five minutes of the game, King’s scored through fly-half, Alfie Pritchard who found a gap in the Solihull defence and then went on to convert his own try.

A poor reaction to the restart meant Solihull was able to turn the ball over in the King’s 22 and a passage of pressure resulted in a penalty for Solihull, which was converted. Soon after that, a well-earned penalty for King’s was then also converted by Pritchard.

A lapse in defensive organisation then allowed Solihull to cross the whitewash and convert to put the two sides with nothing between them at the half time whistle.

HT: 10-10

After the break, it was KSW who started strongest, dominating the play in the middle of the pitch with number 8 Owien Harriott-Davis winning a lot of big collisions all around the park and eventually punching through the Solihull defence to score under the posts, making the conversion simple for Pritchard.

Another penalty was converted by Pritchard in the middle of the second half, putting King’s ahead by more than one score. However, after a very intense passage of play in the middle of the pitch, Solihull made a comeback to score and convert with around ten minutes to go.

George Bates’ outstanding work rate was rewarded in the last few minutes of the match when he charged down a Solihull kick and manged to collect and score, unopposed.

Final Score: 27-17

King’s thank Solihull for such a closely fought contest and wish them luck with the rest of their season. We now look to Sir Thomas Rich’s on Saturday.

Angus Guthrie