Y9 Rugby - First Round Surrey Cup Match Report

First Round of the Surrey Cup – oxted school v salesian school

final score - 7-42

Squad:
George Walker, Felix Sarup, Finn Jenner, Oli Evans, Xav Copp, Max McAuliffe (Captain), Owen Hulme, Rhys Clutterbuck, Sammy Carlisle, Ben Johnson, Sam Regan, Harry Hardisty, Tom Corbett, Mickey McNamara, Charlie Watkins, Dean Bennett, Ben Hookway, Lee Peacock, Michael Dickinson 

The game got underway and Oxted put themselves under immediate pressure with some early knock-ons which left Salesian in the driving seat.

The opposition pack were a powerful unit and were effortlessly routing the Oxted scrum. It was not long before Salesian’s creative back line scored, after cutting through the Oxted defence. Against the run of play after an Oxted kick up field, Tom Corbett managed to read their full backs pass and scooped up the interception to outpace their winger for a 50m solo try.

Salesian came back strongly and converted a second try shortly after. Oxted appeared to have very little confidence when in possession of the ball, with countless passes going to ground, and players taking backward steps. In the ten minutes before half time Oxted started to come to the fore, with strong runs from Captain Max McAuliffe, who led from the front all game. Mickey McNamara was steadfast on the right wing and Rhys Clutterbuck and Tom Corbett linked frequently on the left wing to make damaging inroads into the opposition defensive line. Unfortunately these breaks came to nothing as the work rate and support just weren’t there. 

Half time came and went, and Salesian immediately stepped back into the driving seat, to hammer home a very dominating second half performance that left a lack lustre Oxted reeling in their wake.  

Final score: Salesian 42 – Oxted 7

Hopefully we can re-group and find more heart for a successful run in the plate competition, where last year we managed to reach the final, and ironically played Salesian and just lost by only 1 point! 

Man of the match: Rhys Clutterbuck – who played with intent and passion all game.

 

Mr Faulkner


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