St John's School, Leatherhead 1st XV vs King's College School (KCS), Wimbledon
On: Saturday, 26 Nov 2016
Venue: at Home
The 1st XV produced a stellar performance to beat KCS, Wimbledon 67-15. Galvanised by playing on the 1st team pitch for the last time this season, particularly poignant for the Upper Sixth, the team played with intensity and tempo from the off, however the clinical execution from last weekend was initially missing. Half chances went begging, but the balance of power was with St John's. Archie Dunnill scored the first try after some neat footwork (5-0) however KCS soon struck back and made it 5-5. Henry Stevens then bulldozed his way over (converted by Hugo Coughlan: 12-5) before some excellent clearing by the forwards gave the team quick ball and some slick hands put Jack Potter in space. He turned on the gas and burst through the gap before speeding to the line taking some KCS defenders with him (17-5). This became 17-10 as KCS scored from a lineout. However any doubts about the St John's superiority were soon quashed as more excellent handling allowed Henry Stevens to burst down the left flank before heading under the posts to score (converted by Coughlan: 24-10).
The second half was all St John's as tries by Kareem Swandells, Tom Davison, Jordan Bond, Tom Neale, Will Sanders, Cameron Hyne and Silas-Paul Johnson demonstrated the home team's attacking threat. There were some quite outstanding passages of play and tries scored. Some of the interplay was remarkable as the crowd were both entertained and mesmerised. To their credit KCS kept their heads up and scored with the last play, however the day belonged to the St John's 1st XV.
Sometimes a team shows its true class and in recent weeks the St John's team have done just that. Attacking with freedom and calm execution they also defended with guts and guile, leaving opponents praising their teamwork and skills. With two games of the season left there is much to play for. First it is Friday Night Lights v Eltham and then the local derby v Epsom. Much to look forward to.