St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U14A vs Reed's School
On: Saturday, 12 Nov 2016
Venue: at Home
St John's School U14 A 19
Reed's School U14 A 10
This was a very hard fought, and well deserved win for St John's U14 A's, made all the sweeter as it came against one of our nearest rivals. The first win of the season, it brought untold joy (not to mention relief) to players, parents and coaches alike.
A dour day, with incessant soaking rain could have meant no real rugby being played, but both teams arrived ready to give it their all and defy the conditions with some neat running rugby. The teams were very well matched, and in the first half this led to a cancelling out. Both teams went close, with repeated waves of attack at both ends of the pitch, but attritional defense was the way of things, with the game deadlocked at 0-0 at half time.
Reed's drew first blood 3 mins after the restart, moving the ball wide after some pressure in the John's 22. The way the season has unfolded thus far, this could have been it. Heads could have gone down. But the boys in green were not to be deterred and played the remaining 20 minutes of the match totally for each other as a team. Payne struck back following repeat infringements by the visitors, Trevitt adding the extras to make it 7-5. The Eagles had worked out that the bar of soap was hard to hang on to and took a firm hold on territorial dominance with good use of the boot. Attempting to clear, Reed's picked out Haigh (on at fullback) who pinned back his ears for the corner - diving like a salmon to beat a covering defender making it 12-5. Payne crashed over for a second under the posts shortly afterwards making it 19-5. A late conciliation for Reed's (after some poor in-goal play) made it 19-10. Battershill (who had replaced Good in the first half most impressively) almost made it 4 scores, but was denied at the line, but there remained too much for Reed's to do against stout John's defence, as the boys in green earned their first W of the campaign.
Well done to all involved! We look forward to Haileybury next week!