St John's School, Leatherhead 1st XV vs Reed's School
On: Saturday, 12 Nov 2016
The 1st XV scored some scintillating tries in amongst some rustiness after the half term break. In wet conditions St John's started with good intensity, thwarting various Reed's attacks. The momentum was clearly with St John's and they scored first via a Hugo Coughlan penalty (3-0). This was soon followed by a try from Jordan Bond who showed his 'Strictly' footwork as he waltzed through the Reed's defence to score (converted by Coughlan) - 10-0. A rather frenetic period of play followed as both teams found the conditions challenging allied to some interpretation at the breakdown puzzling. However with half time looming some well executed handling allowed Sila-Paul Johnson a bit of space on the right wing and he charged his way to the line (15-3).
Reed's scored a penalty early in the second half to reduce the deficit to 15-6 but St John's remained in control. The lead was increased after some excellent handling released Joe Jelinek who scorched down the left wing to score (converted by Coughlan) - 22-6. The try of the game soon followed. Reed's were pressing on the St John's line, but strong defence saw the ball turned over. Archie Dunnill's immaculate box kick was chased by Will Sanders who caught the Reed's winger in possession. The ball was turned over and some sharp passing saw the ball fizzed to the left where Toby McRae broke the line and beat the defence to score in the corner (converted by Coughlan (29-6). St John's maintained their intensity and more well executed passing gave Johnson some room on the right. However with the cover coming across he stepped well to score another fine try (34-6). With time almost up Reed's were awarded a try which had the St John's a players looking for the law book.
However despite some turgid moments the 1st XV should be delighted with their win. Some passages of play saw the team at their best. Next week brings a very tough test against a much vaunted Haileybury side, but at their best St John's will be a match for anyone.