Match Report Y9 Rugby - Thursday 11 September

Oxted school v rutlish

final score 28 - 17

George Walker, Matt Gardiner, Finn Jenner, Felix Sarrup, Xav Copp, Owen Hulme, Max McAuliffe (Capt), Rhys Clutterbuck, Harry Hardisty, Ben Johnson, Sam Regan, Joe Kavanagh, James Bruce, Sammy Carlisle, Tom Corbett, Oli Evans, Ben Hookway, Michael Dickinson, Micky McNamara, Charlie Watkins

After Oxted ran out easy victors against a fledgling Lingfield Notre Dame side on Monday; this game against Rutlish would prove to be much more challenging.  At Year 8 the boys were convincingly beaten by today’s opponents who were too physical and abrasive for us.

The game started well for Rutlish who kicked high and deep from the kick off which was fumbled on Oxted’s 5m line. The resulting scrum saw Rutlish No 8 power over from short range for a very early converted try.  Rutlish showed their physicality at the breakdown by dominating the ruck and frequently turning over Oxted’s possession. It was not long before their centre went over for their second try.

Oxted seemed to have recovered from their early daze and started to gather momentum and gain confidence. Oxted’s forwards started to retain the ball and the back started to make inroads into the Rutlish defence.  Owen Hulme eventually smashed his way over the try line from a tap penalty taken by Harry Hardisty, who was defensively impressive throughout the game, to make the score Oxted 7 – Rutlish 12.

Just before half time, Sam Regan injected some pace and power into the line and broke through the Rutlish defence to touch down, making the half time score Oxted 14-Rutlish 12.

Oxted continued to build on their first half display and began to outperform the tiring Rutlish boys in every facet of the game. Captain Max McAuliffe, who was a menace at the breakdown all afternoon, crossed the whitewash for Oxted’s third try. This was followed by an impressive break from the elusive Rhys Clutterbuck to make the final score Oxted 28 – Rutlish 17.

This was an impressive victory against a team that dominated us last year. This demonstrates the progress the boys have made, and the effective way the team work together.


Man of the Match – Fin Jenner for his work in the scrum and at the breakdown.


Mr Faulkner



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