09 Oct 2012
Rugby Vs Dauntsey's

It was another full weekend of rugby fixtures against Dauntsey’s both home and away across all age groups apart from the u16’s who play on Tuesday.
The 1st XV struggled to get across the finish line with another close encounter losing 20-14 in the last play of the game. This match was more of a scrappy affair with a number of handling errors and set piece mistakes by Beechen Cliff which allowed Dauntsey’s to grow in confidence and steal the game at the end.
The 2nd XV had another hard fixture but they are slowly improving and getting better. Mr Morrell was happy to see the side dominate at times and also score their first try of the season. They finally went down 31 – 5 in a spirited display.
Mr Jaggon and Mr Burnell were full of praise for the U15’s and their continued improvement in skill set and style of rugby they are trying to play. They have been working hard as an age group with the introduction of the B’s winning 55-7 last week. The A’s went down 22-7 after conceding two early tries. They have a local derby match this week against Monkton in the Daily Mail Cup on Tuesday 9th October.
Mr Sumsion and Mr Hawkins U14 Army, continue to play some free flowing rugby with another convincing victory. There is a real togetherness in this age group which is breeding natural competition for places. The understanding of the team shape and style is really refreshing to see from such a young group and the commitment they show to each other is brilliant. It has been high scoring for this age group who don’t like to concede any points- they have only conceded 10 all season so far. They won 22 – 5 at the weekend.
The Under 13’s have a huge amount of talent but they are starting to understand as they get older they need to play as a team and not as special individuals who have great talent. This is a tough learning curve this season but after the weekend’s result Mr Sayers, Mr Davies and Mr Smith were happy to see them starting to develop the understanding of working together as a group. With more training and understanding, this could be a great side in the future. They won 22-5
The Under12’s won a great game of rugby 28 – 17. Mr Quinton was very pleased on how they boys played at the weekend considering a number of boys are new to the sport and staff are giving opportunities for all pupils who want to represent the school enough game time to learn and experience playing for the school.
We came out in front 4-3 on victories against a big rugby school. So well done to everyone involved.
I must say a massive thank you to all the members of staff who give up their time to allow the boys the chance to represent the school and have the chance to experience of playing rugby. It is down to their time and effort that a number of boys make a career out of playing or have the passion to play local rugby at youth and senior level. I think it is important that pupils, parents, clubs and members of staff understand the importance of the great opportunity our school and coaches give toward their teams.