St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U14A vs Eastbourne College
On: Saturday, 15 Oct 2016
Venue: at Home
As the whistle went for the start of the match, the U14A team went flying out the blocks better than they have done in any of their previous matches. The boys were switched on and were applying an immense amount of pressure to their opposition.
After an excellent set of phases in the opening minutes, Ryan Trevitt noticed some space on the blind side in our own half and gave the ball to Jack Goodman who not only managed to attack that space, but continued to run past the entire Eastbourne defense to score a cracker of a try.
Eastbourne came back fighting immediately after our opening score and got a score of their own. A few lack luster tackles saw them through small gaps around our rucks. St Johns had their own response to this, and after some tight play of our own Nick Boulton found himself driving past the ruck and on the try line.
Eastbourne repeated their attack on St Johns after this and managed to equal the score line. It was from here that some of the St Johns heads was starting to go down. One or two players started to switch off which led to gaps starting to form as well as poor first up tackles off set play. Eastbourne took advantage of this and managed two more scores before half time. Half time score 28-14.
The second half of the match was a similar story with both low m]points for St Johns as well as some eventual high points. We didn't start off the gun this time as we did in the first half, and continued our less than satisfactory defense. Eastbourne scored 2 more times before we eventually started to turn things around. The intensity of our opening play was starting to come back and we were looking deadly again. The boys were hitting hard again and were applying pressure again. Whilst one more score from Zach Hill wouldn't bring us close to winning, it was a pay off for the hard work they were finally putting in.
Final score was 40-19 to Eastbourne. A very frustrating game as we more than capable of winning, and whilst its not our physically or skill that was letting us down, it was our mentality that let us down. The boys should make good use of their break and hopefully we can come back fighting like we did to start off this game.