St John's School, Leatherhead 2nd XV vs King's College School (KCS), Wimbledon
On: Saturday, 26 Nov 2016
Venue: at Home
The conditions were good with the pitch firm but a bit damp and there was a chill in the air that even a Canadian would have felt somewhat cold. Both teams looked equally matched in the early exchanges with both teams finding it difficult to settle into their rhythm in a match which was stop start all through the game. We opened the scoring through a wonderful counter attack from a poor Kings clearance and the ball was moved swiftly from the right wing into midfield where Josh Smart ran a very smart line indeed from 45 meters out to score right under the posts. This made the conversion easy making the score 7-0 to St John's.12 minutes later with both sides making no easy headway the Kings boys managed to get into our 22 and after some sustained pressure they managed to score. This was converted making the score 7 all with 20 minutes played. St John's soon replied with a penalty making the score 7-10 to us. Soon after this Kings worked a good move and managed to score another try which was not converted as it was charged down. This made the score 12-10 to Kings. In the second half we played the better rugby on the day with intelligent movement of the ball and some good old-fashioned rampaging runs by the forwards or what Mr Smith terms as Modern Scottish rugby. This resulted in an early score for Kieran Davidson which made the score 15-12 to St John's. This was not converted. We threated their line on numerous occasions but due to poor handling we were not able to turn the pressure into points. The break came when we stretched the Kings defence and little Wesley Van Der Ploeg waltzed his way to the line. Again this was not converted making the score 20-12. Three minutes later we ran the King's defence ragged once again and made a huge overlap on the left wing for Will Groothedde the goal hanging flanker to score out wide. This made the score 25-12 to the 2nds. The first half was nothing special to write home about however the second half was something the boys can be proud of in terms of pulling together and delivering a planned strategy. Man of the match goes to Harry Jany who stuck at it when the chips were down. Real character.