Match Report
The King's School, Worcester Boys-U18A vs  Solihull School
On: Saturday, 10 Sep 2016
Venue: at Home

Kings (13) v Solihull (6) – 10th September 2016

King’s Worcester began their 2016/17 Saturday fixtures with a hard-fought win over the traditionally strong Solihull, with the team looking to kick on from their comprehensive 38-3 victory over KES Five Ways earlier in the week.

A tough forwards battle was expected throughout, but instant pressure from King’s first kick-off resulted in a sliced clearance from Solihull, which debutant Same Lowe collected. He showed great feet to get within ten yards of the line, before Jack Dutton picked up and finished well under the posts inside two minutes. Alfie Pritchard converted easily.

After King’s lightening start, the game began to settle down with possession and territory shared quite equally, but Kings had a slight let-off when a Solihull try was disallowed due to a forward pass. The set piece was one area where King’s were dominant, with props Duncan Drew and Charlie Wong well on top up front, likewise Archie Conner in the line-out. No.8 Owien Harriot-Davies began to continuously punch holes in the opposition defensive line, but despite this, the first half ended 10-3.

During the Second Half, intelligent kicking from the Kings backline pinned Solihull back in their half, and as a result they never really looked like threatening to overturn the deficit. However, King’s were unable to stretch their lead, as penalties were conceded and the ball dropped with the try line beckoning. Credit must go to Henry Martyn Smith and George Bates for keeping us on the front foot in attack, and James Austin and Dion King’s resolute defending. Despite a couple of tense moments, King’s were able to hold their lead, and a final penalty was kicked on the last play of the game to seal a 13-6 victory. The match itself was a scrappy affair in which both sides had a man sin-binned, but King’s should take great heart from a victory more comfortable than the scoreline suggests. The team take their 2/2 record into their next match away at St. Peters Gloucester.

James Smalley