Year 8 Boys Rugby
The Year 8 Boys Rugby Team played a local derby against Glenthorne on Tuesday. There was excitement mixed with anticipation as the boys travelled in the minibus the short journey down the B217.
The match started with some ferocious tackling, as both teams ran hard and straight, looking for an early breakthrough. It was an unfortunate early handling error by SPH that led to a breakaway try from the home team. With conversion kicks allowed, the score was 7-0 GHS. Our boys came back with intensity, led by captain Oscar Smith and assisted by the abrasive Vince Patten and dangerous Dennis Frawley. Some excellent work in contact and at the breakdown led to a pressurised passage of play, as ruck followed maul – and the passing began to flow. Despite SPH’s best efforts, we couldn’t cross the whitewash and a slight lapse in concentration allowed the opposition to break away and score again.
At the interval, we focussed on all the good skill and technique we had demonstrated – and knew we had to replicate and if possible, build on this after the break. Jack Ball began exerting his influence, spotting a gap and sniping through it. Louie Lyons, last season’s most improved player was passing with accuracy and intelligence. Freddie Simpson has a break down the left wing and was inches away from scoring, before a last second covering tackle saved GHS from conceding. Toby Gifford was not afraid to take the ball into contact, neither were Alex or Mohammed, only drafted into the squad at short-notice.
All the boys gave one hundred per cent effort and this was most pleasing. Despite losing the game, the amount of improvement from the first minute to the last was quite remarkable. If progress is to continue next season, boys must attend after school training sessions. I also recommend boys visit their local rugby club and try a training session there. This will not only improve their rugby, it will be a chance to make more friends and have some fun.
Well done to all boys who played.