St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U14B vs Reed's School
On: Saturday, 12 Nov 2016
Venue: at Home
The team was extremely motivated regardless of the rainy weather and started the match with high hopes. The first ten minutes were very even with both teams playing well. As time went on a few mistakes began to creep into both team's play. Both were anxious about scoring the first try. Unfortunately Reed's managed to break through the St John's line and score the first try. St John's did extremely well to keep their motivation going and worked hard to score a try in quick succession evening the score. St Johns continued to play well passing out quickly to the wings and making lots of ground each phase. This excellent play led to a second try by Hugo Battershill putting St. John's ahead going into the second half.
The next try was vital to set the momentum and although St. John's worked hard an unfortunate drop allowed Reed's to score their second try and bring the score back level. With fifteen minutes left to go St. John's needed to ensure they kept possession and continued to pick and drive. One of the Reed's players was doing a great job of breaking the St. John's line and the boys were struggling to put in effective tackles against him. This impressive play began to wear down the St John's defence and some excellent footwork by a Reed's player led to their third try. With four minutes to go this was extremely disheartening for St. John's but the grit and determination they displayed following on from this just shows how much they have improved. With one minute to go St. John's managed to score. Luke Horner-Long forced his way over the line. The score stood at fifteen all with an extremely difficult conversion. Unfortunately although Charlie Woolf gave it his best shot the conversion was missed and the score finished at fifteen all. Well done to the whole team who pulled together and forced a solid draw.