St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U16A vs Epsom College
On: Saturday, 10 Dec 2016
Venue: at Home
For the final game of the season St Johns played on the 1stXV pitch against possibly our biggest rivals.
It was a physical start with Charlie Hellier and Tom Wood carrying well. Despite pressure from St John's, Epsom managed to secure a penalty in front of the posts which the fly half pulled to the left keeping things level at 0-0
A defensive error meant that Epsom broke for a relatively easy score which was converted 0-7
Despite sustained attack and several opportunities to score from St Johns they could not penetrate the Epsom defence meaning that the team went into half time 0-7 down.
The second half started well and forced a penalty which was unfortunately missed.
Great pressure from James Gardner meant that a loose pass allowed Owen Rowlands to score from 5m out which Ben Bayly converted taking the score to 7-7.
Defensive errors almost immediately let Epsom in for a score which was converted to make it 7-14 with 15 minutes left of the game.
The game then swung the other way and strong running from Murphy and Bayly allowed Rowland to stretch and score his second. 12-14 and plenty to play for.
Epsom then turned up the heat and forced a penalty which put the score to 12-17.
It was then St Johns who came back strong and put themselves in a position to allow George Myers over which was converted to allow a lead for the first time in the game 19-17.
With only 4 minutes now left on the clock St John's had to play a territory game and keep Epsom out. This was however not an easy task and Epsom through everything at the game. As the last play approached Epsom had a penalty opportunity but despite a fantastic effort from 55m out Epsom could not kick the penalty leaving the game 19-17 in St John's favour.
The blood and guts performance displayed epitomised the whole season and to finish in the way the U16's did was certainly testament to their character. A great season and let's hope the success carries on into the Sevens season.