St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U14C vs Eastbourne College
On: Saturday, 15 Oct 2016
Venue: at Home
Home to Eastbourne College (38-5 Loss)
Saturday 15th October
St John’s started the afternoon well; within 10 minutes a try had been scored. Zubaidi kicked a penalty for a five metre lineout, a good move followed with Edmunds being tackled a metre shy of the line and Timpson spotted a gap from the ruck, picked the ball and dived across the line. This great start was not to continue however and the game then took a slide, Eastbourne thrice exposing St John’s poor defensive line before half time.
The psychological game of the tie had evidently been won in the first half by Eastbourne as St John’s didn’t play to our usual standard in the second half at all. A call-up to the B team for Timpson and injuries to Spurgeon and Neale led to enforced substitutions in the half. A number of players were moved to new positions in an effort to alter the dynamic of the team in attempt to improve however, despite the alterations, the charge of Eastbourne continued and three more tries were conceded throughout the second period. A humorous moment for spectators would’ve been watching the Eastbourne lock run clear into the try area but failing to apply the brakes in time and running straight past the dead ball line. De Leo was unlucky in the last minute to have his try ruled out due to his left foot touching the touch line as he drove around the defence following good work from the lineout. A lineout Collins clearly wanted to get on with as he charged straight into the bush to retrieve the ball having watched two Eastbourne players survey the problem.
Despite the result and a lot to work on, there were definitely positives to take from this game: Neale did well in his first game at flanker for St John’s and Zubaidi impressed in his first ever game at fly-half. The commitment shown by Young, Morgan and Sumpter was exemplary, line-out moves appeared effective and improved passing among the backs at times caused problems for Eastbourne. The half-term break will give a chance to refresh and improve ready for the first game back against Reed’s School.