St John's School, Leatherhead Boys-U14C vs King's College School (KCS), Wimbledon
On: Saturday, 26 Nov 2016
Away to King’s College School, Wimbledon (26-15 Win)
Saturday 26th November
On a chilly Saturday morning, St John’s went up against a large KCS side. The size advantage was exploited early on and KCS mauled the ball across the line for an early lead. St John’s quickly responded and on 10 minutes, Zubaidi took a quick penalty eight yards out, passing immediately to Collins who managed to drive across the line and equalise the score. This try sparked St John’s into life; Neale and Prince with great tackling and Baker with strong running and four minutes later, from a five-metre lineout, Winchester took the ball into contact, it was quickly recycled and Young dived over the ruck to touch the ball down, Zubaidi converting. Merely a minute later, St John’s scored again, Zubaidi, spotting space at the ruck, darted around the edge and ran clear to score and convert the try. Solid defending from St John’s lead to a five-metre scrum for KCS, a quick move from this presented KCS with their second score of the game and put the scoreboard at 19-10 at half time.
The second half started brilliantly for St John’s, good running from O’Neil and Zubaidi and awareness from Young keeping St John’s camped deep in the KCS half. Unfortunately for the boys in green, this pressure wasn’t taken advantage of and a mistake in the lineout handed KCS the ball, some superb counter attacking yielding a pitch-length try for the hosts. Great rucking, good carrying and incredible perseverance and determination from St John’s continued and came to fruition when Spurgeon spotted a gap at the ruck and galloped through, hardly able to believe the space he had, to score between the posts, Zubaidi again converting. Final score: 26-15 to St John’s and a performance to be proud of.