A fixture of huge tradition brought a huge test for the Rugby Club on Saturday. The balance of victories was heavily in Dulwich’s favour, however, the win:loss ratio doesn’t tell the full story.
The U15 teams, although losing all of their fixtures at Dulwich, put in fiercely competitive performances in four tight games. In fact the U15 B-D teams only lost by a combined total of 16 points. Small margins proved costly, particularly in the case of the U15D team who saw two conversions hit the woodwork and fall the wrong side of the crossbar. Players knew they were in for a tough test but raised their game and managed to put in place what they had been working on in training. This is an age group on the up and they should be excited by what’s in store for them in the second half of the season after half term.
The senior sides could boast real success. The 3rd XV continue their impressive run of form and Dulwich simply couldn’t live with their pace and width in attack, expertly marshalled by John Holroyd. The 1st XV were comfortable winners in their fixture, however, there were significant parts of the game where they were under pressure. A collective defensive desire held out wave after wave of Dulwich attack and Dulwich will have left scratching their heads having finished the game with just three points. Two tries in each half from: Jake Carter (2), Tunde Adewale and Faysal Olabooye, complimented by 3 conversions and a penalty from Oli Burgess, secured the win. The 4th XV completed a second impressive win on the bounce, but the 2nd XV were left frustrated having effectively lost the game in a disappointing first half performance. A determined second half performance wasn’t enough to turn around the deficit but will give them hope for future fixtures. The 5th XV lost out to an exceptionally well organised and highly skilled Dulwich 5th XV.
The U16s followed suit with the U15s and posted similarly close scores. Their fixtures were fiercely competitive and all Bedford teams battled hard to the final whistle
The U14s lost 4 out of their 5 fixtures. The U14A team struggled to manage a couple of exceptional athletes in the Dulwich team but will be pleased with the chances they created and converted. The U14D team continued their impressive winning streak, helped by a superb defensive display and well taken tries from Zhu, Sporton (2) and Dean.
The 1st XV now look forward to a National Cup quarter final at home against Sherborne this Thursday – 3pm kick off.
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