The year 8 team put in a promising performance against a large and direct Crispin side. The side started strongly, but solid defence from Crispin kept Hugh Sexey from opening the scoring. Following a loose pass, Crispin spread the ball wide to their winger/second row/centre who rounded the drift defence and sprinted home from 80m. After a team talk by Captain Alex Richard Hugh Sexey came back with a little more structure and worked hard to retain possession. Good forward carriers from Zak Wilkinson, Charlie Moss and Sam Crook got Hugh Sexey on the front foot and when the ball was spread wide to Harry Banfield he finished well at the corner. A great team score. Hugh Sexey then kept the ball and again worked good positions on the field. George Ryan marshalled the backs and forwards well and after several phases Louis Bougard found space to finish well with ample support either side. This signalled an impressive passage of play for Hugh Sexey with quick, hard and direct running from the forwards and plenty of quick ball for the back line. After a rampaging run from Jacob Nelson through the middle the impressive Morgan Roberts went over for a try that he then converted. The backs then showed what they were capable of and good counter attacking work by Johnny Callow, then Charlie Marsh was finished off by the impressive Bougard who threw a dummy and ran in unopposed. Sadly the second half didn't live up to the first one. Too many loose offloads in contact and a lack of structure in defense meant that Hugh Sexey allowed Crispin back into the game. Crispin did have some dangerous players, but the lack of continuity meant that we allowed these players to impose themselves more than they should of. There was still time for a crisp finish from Oliver Lewis out wide and an impressive score from Alex Richard after a moment of brilliance/luck from Morgan Roberts.
In the end Hugh Sexey won the game and played well in patches, but it could have been a more comprehensive score and shows there is still plenty to work on at training.
Many thanks to Crispin for a good, hard and clean game.
Man of the match: Louis Bougard.