St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U14A vs RGS, Guildford
On: Saturday, 08 Oct 2016
RGS Guildford U14A 29
St John's Leatherhead U14A 12
After last weeks sub-standard showing against Hurst, the U14A's bounced back performance-wise with an extremely spirited display against a cohesive RGS outfit on Saturday.
With Ames, Payne and Boothby all recovered the 16 man squad matched RGS for long spells of the game, but ultimately discipline and a lack of maintained-concentration cost the eagles a chance of a far closer scoreline.
RGS's first 2 scores after 5 and 10 minutes respectively were almost identical, with 100% possession, a series of pick'n'go rumbles and a flurry of penalties saw them twice cross the line. Given the start to the season we have had, heads could have dropped but St John's fought back, and as some ball was finally secured, Trevitt and Payne broke blind from a scrum on halfway with the winger beating 4 men to score from 50 yards. 12-7 at the break.
The second half began as the first had with RGS extremely dominant possession wise.A relatively cheap score was conceded, after several phases of resolute defense, a lapse of concentration allowed the hosts to score with a simple change of direction. A second more sweeping score by RGS made it 24-5. St John's snuck one back as the eagles pack got on the front foot, Nick Boulton crashing over from 1 yard with 3 men on him. 24-12. Further pressure from St John's was snuffed out with careless errors and the odd penalty. One final score for RGS, with Payne unable to put his man into touch, made it 29-12 and full time.
So, another defeat, but one feels something can be built with a performance like this - defense far more resolute, attack more decisive. There remains a sense of 15 rugby players rather than 1 team - this will come in time.