Match Report - Y8 Rugby Saturday 11 January 2014

Oxted v Emmanuel school

final score - oxted 12 Emmanuel 7

On Saturday 11 January, on a sunny but crisp morning, Oxted travelled to play Emmanuel School in their first game back after the Christmas break. In the first half both sides looked to play running rugby at every opportunity, but both teams defences proved very difficult to break down. The majority of the first half was played in the middle of the pitch, in a difficult arm wrestle for possession. Oxted probably started the brighter of the two sides, but towards half time Emmanuel started to gain a firm grip on the game. It was only very courageous tackling from Sam Carlisle and two fantastic, last ditch, try saving tackles from Michael Dickinson followed by Rhys Cluttercluck that the score remained a draw.

Half time score: 0-0

As the second half commenced, we knocked on from the kick off and were put under immediate pressure that resulted in an attacking line out on our 5m line. Emmanuel attacked wide and eventually found a gap in the Oxted defence for the first try of the game. Emmanuel again exerted pressure on the Oxted line, but the Oxted rush defence was foiling every would be attack. Eventually our defensive pressure paid dividends as Sam Regan intercepted a loose pass and raced away for a 70m try under the posts.

With the score level again, and the final whistle imminent, the try rejuvenated some tired Oxted legs and we started to put together some good phases of rugby. Sam Regan demonstrated some excellent territory kicking, which turned the defence and pushed Emmanuel back. Rhys Clutterbuck picked an exquisite line from Harry Hardisty to carve through the Emmanuel defence, to be hauled down on the 22m line. From the ensuing play Oxted showed excellent composure and skill as they passed the ball along the backs to release Taylor James to outpace the cover defence to score the winning try in the corner.

Final Score: Emmanuel 7 – Oxted 12

An excellent game of rugby, that was equally contested throughout, and provided a very exciting spectacle for the crowd. The fact that Oxted showed such determination to come back into the game and then secure the win, with one of the tries of the season is a total credit to the Oxted team.

Week in week out playing against highly rated Independent schools is certainly a stern test for us, but we are more than a match for most of the opposition and we are growing as a team game on game.

A tremendous result boys, well done!

Man of the match: Harry Hardisty.


Mr Faulkner

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