For many, facing Bromsgrove School was a new experience. However, for the U16s it was an opportunity to see how much they have developed as they were heavily beaten at every level at U14 two years ago. The U16 A team lost to a very athletic and well drilled side but did manage to score a couple of fantastic team tries. The remaining U16s won all their fixtures and this is what Mr Holt had to say after the U16C match, “We played two thirds of the game with 12 players (through injury) vs their 15 plus their subs. The more players we lost, the more determined our boys became and their work-rate was phenomenal. Text book tacking and great physicality in all areas of the game. Highlights for me were how they pulled together with every player absolutely focussed for the full 60 minutes. Quite a game to witness! Parents and boys were thrilled.” This drive and enthusiasm was also echoed in the U16D game where Ben Herbert had a fantastic game, controlling it exceptionally well from scrum half.
To coin a phrase, “It was a game of two halves” for the 1st XV. They spent most of the first half soaking up the pressure of a production line of aggressive runners and containing a powerful centre who had feet quicker than Michael Flatley! But contain them they did with an impressive defensive display and went into half time with a narrow 3-point deficit. They came out in the second half with the intent to play and, unlike the first half managed to keep the ball for a number of phases. This started to open the opposition up and a sniping try from Dalton and three from substitute Jasper Williamson (total of 4) meant they were comfortable winners by the final whistle. Similar successes followed for the 2nd and 3rd XVs who both demonstrated a great collective desire to control the game from the first whistle. The 5th XV had a return fixture against Uppingham, but a number of drop outs meant the side travelled with just 15 players and second half fatigue would always be an issue. Although the boys made a spirited effort, the game ended in defeat for Bedford.
The U15 A team lost but played some magnificent rugby and took great strides toward performing to their potential. A great attitude and application meant they started to show more of what they have been promising for so long. A continued collective commitment to training and fixtures will surely see them continue to progress. With a good balanced fixture for the U15s the honours were shared as they won two and lost two.
‘The U14A did the School Proud, demonstrating a terrific attitude and unbelievable defence.’ They were against a very well-conditioned and equally well drilled U14 team who could boast a couple of exceptional individuals. Although the U14 teams won 1 out of their 4 fixtures, score lines were tight and the future is very bright for this group of boys.
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||1st XV||Home||Bromsgrove School||WON 31 – 13|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||2nd XV||Home||Bromsgrove School||WON 55 – 5|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||3rd XV||Home||Bromsgrove School||WON 62 – 5|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||4th XV||Home||Bromsgrove School||Cancelled|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||5th XV||Away||Uppingham School||LOST 23 – 61|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||Boys U16A||Away||Bromsgrove School||LOST 17 – 41|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||Boys U16B||Away||Bromsgrove School||WON 14 – 12|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||Boys U16C||Away||Bromsgrove School||WON 21-15|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||Boys U16D||Away||Bromsgrove School||WON 42 – 0|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||Boys U15A||Home||Bromsgrove School||LOST 14 – 17|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||Boys U15B||Home||Bromsgrove School||WON 21 – 7|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||Boys U15C||Home||Bromsgrove School||LOST 5 – 24|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||Boys U15D||Home||Bromsgrove School||WON 67 – 12|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||Boys U14A||Away||Bromsgrove School||LOST 5 – 35|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||Boys U14B||Away||Bromsgrove School||WON 24 – 12|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||Boys U14C||Away||Bromsgrove School||LOST 5 – 19|
|14:30 – Saturday 17 September 2016||Boys U14D||Away||Bromsgrove School||LOST 10 – 12|