St John's School, Leatherhead 1st XV vs RGS, Guildford
On: Saturday, 08 Oct 2016
The 1stXV were keen to put in a big performance ahead of a massive week. Things started very promisingly when a training ground move led to Kimball Klintworth opening up the RGS defence, before offloading to Jordan Bond in time and space. Bond still had plenty to do but as we have come to expect, the result was never in doubt as several seconds later he was under the opposition posts, to leave Hugo Coughlan the simplest of conversions. If the television match official had been in play, they would have said that Will Sanders was clearly onside when he intercepted moments later. Sadly, it was not and we remained at 7-0. RGS hit back by cleverly countering a line out ploy employed by St John's that had worked like a charm earlier in the match. The forwards will have learnt a valuable lesson here. The conversion was missed to leave St John's ahead by two points. Then the rain came!!
7-5 was how the score remained as the clock edged towards half time. However, the contest was opened up by a superb counter attack by Bond who put in an intelligent kick for the (playing the offside law to the letter) Jack Musk to collect and offload to Coughlan to go over uncontested. He also added the conversion. We were not happy to just ride into half time and pushed agin off the kick off. The (now) trademark Toby McRae hand off created to space and the recipient of the scoring pass was the returning Cameron Hyne. The conversion from Coughlan gave St John's a healthy 21-5 lead at the break.
RGS made the better start in the second half and set siege on the St John's try line with their enormous forwards. However they could not breach the stubborn defence. The opposition, as one would expect, never gave up but it always seemed after they had repelled this assault that it was going to be away for the St John's lads to enjoy.
Joe Jelinek finished off his try well after a brilliant offload by Tom Davison, which again resulted in two more points as Coughlan added to the tally.
Another superb line cut by Bond provided space for Toby McRae to add to his impressive try tally of 6 tries in the last 3 games.
33-5. Job done.
We now turn our attention to a big week of E's. Epsom in the cup on Tuesday and Eastbourne at home on Saturday.