St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U15B vs Eastbourne College
On: Saturday, 15 Oct 2016
The long journey to Eastbourne could no doubt be partly to blame for such a poor (and uncharacteristic) start to the match, with plenty of handling errors and poor tactical decisions made by many. The match was played primarily in the Eastbourne half, but we were not making the pressure count. It was to be an Eastbourne error that lead to the first score when the ball was dropped five metres out and Loy was the first to pounce, with a simple finish. Eastbourne on the whole kicked well to clear their lines but one sliced attempt was collected by Bednall who ran round two defenders to give us a 10-0 advantage at half time - perhaps slightly flattering, although we were clearly the stronger team.
The most pleasing aspect of the team is their willingness to listen (at times) and the instructions during the break were certainly heeded. The forwards started to exert more control and the backs fixed the defenders leading to three almost carbon copy tries with Laslett feeding Loy, and Blackman-Rogers for a brace. The straight hard runs had not been made in the first half and this small change opened up the Eastbourne defence.
We head into half term with not only some fantastic stats but some super play as the hallmark of a very strong team, there is little to suggest that this will not continue after the well deserved break.