St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U15C vs King's College School (KCS), Wimbledon
On: Saturday, 26 Nov 2016
Venue: at Home
St John's: 25
KCS Wimbledon: 29
As the score indicates this was a very closely fought match which could have gone either way right down to the final whistle. KCS used the size and strength of their back line to penetrate our defence, but our boys fought back tenaciously and some excellent handling and running gave us plenty of attacking opportunities too. Sam Davis scored twice in the first half, showing his usual pace and agility, and at half time the score was 12-19 in KCS' favour. The second half was even more intense than the first, with 2 tries to each side. Aron Tubman made repeated forays into the opposition 22 and was rewarded with a try, as was Captain James Dale who showed great determination to ground the ball against strong defence from a 5m scrum. With only 5 points in it and the clock running down, St John's made repeated attacks and were close to scoring at the finish but alas, time was up. An excellent team performance and a very useful tough contest after the softer meat of recent fixtures sets the boys up well for the final game of the season against old rivals Epsom.
Man of the match: Ewan Ferguson for his unremitting work rate and superb tackling. I am also very grateful to Ed Galvin and Luke Garlick for stepping up at late notice to act as subs, and for their strong contribution on the field in the second half.