Match Report
Dulwich College U15A vs  Wellington College
On: Saturday, 09 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

Dulwich produced a fine performance on the first Saturday of the term in a tight game against a strong Wellington outfit. Dulwich showed a huge amount of patience with the ball in hand early on but couldn't quite find that the opening that their ball retention deserved. Wellington demonstrated their power and ability to break tackles but Dulwich scrambled and showed immense pride and heart to keep Wellington out until 10 minutes before half time when following a series of penalties, Wellington exploited an overlap on left to score an unconverted try in the corner. The Dulwich pack continued to carry hard and look for off-loads leading to a chance for Jacob AG but a small knock-on saw the chance go begging. Continued pressure saw Dulwich win a kickable penalty and Magnus Broadley converted to leave the score 5-3 in Wellingtons favour at half time. Wellington came out firing again at the start of the second half to take a 12-3 lead and remained on top for large periods of the second half. Dulwich were magnificent in their defence with the back row making tackle after tackle to keep Wellington at bay. With less than two minutes remaining, Dulwich gave themselves a life line as they created a chance for substitute Jimmy Shepherd to go over in the corner. A missed conversion left the score at 12-8 with minutes to go and Dulwich threw the kitchen sink at Wellington who deserve huge credit for not crumbling under pressure and scoring with the last play of the game to be win 17-8. Wellington were good value for their win but the heart, determination and energy with which Dulwich approached the game makes for a promising season ahead. Our thoughts are with Pavel and Theo who sadly ended up visiting the medical centre with injuries. We wish them well.