The Year 10 Rugby team produced another battling performance to dig out a hard fought win against Alcester Grammar School (AGS).
We made a promising start and took the lead with a well taken first try from Tyler W. AGS were proving tough opponents and started to establish dominance at the breakdown turning the ball over a number of times. It wasn’t long before they drew level with a well worked try and soon added to their total to take the lead with another score. Our forward pack responded well and after getting some territory and pressurising the AGS line, Ben E. grounded the ball to bring us level. Rhys B slotted over a difficult kick to put us back into the lead. Unfortunately, as the half drew to a close we made some errors, missing tackles and loosing possession cheaply, to let AGS score 3 unanswered tries. The score was 12-31 at half time and we realised a big effort was needed in the second half.
It started well with territory and possession firmly in our favour, but points were proving hard to come by and our job was made harder when Rhys B was given a 10 min yellow card. Having weathered the storm with a man down, and with time running down, a final assault on the AGS line was made and what an effort it was. First Rhys B made amends for his absence to streak down the wing and score in the corner. Next James T, (the Birthday boy) definitively got in on the act. First he scored a fine breakaway try, intercepting an AGS pass. The then the strength of his running through the centre twice proved too strong to complete his Birthday Hat-trick and crucially Rhys B was able to convert both with Drop kicks to take us clear.
The Year 10’s had to endure a nervy last couple of minutes but held firm to complete the second half comeback to win the match 36-31. It was a fantastic team effort in the end to dig our way out of the hole that we had made for ourselves, and shows the tremendous heart that this team plays with.
Up next will be Ashlawn on Thursday 17th October. Well played everyone and I look forward to ‘ironing’ out those lapses today at our training next week.