The 1st XV had a much improved first half of rugby this week against a Dulwich team who were fit, physical and had the intent to play. It was Bedford who made better use of their possession and showed some very nice passages of play to threaten the try line. Pressure soon turned into points with Joe Rogers muscling his way over the try line. Bedford’s defence held firm and they were soon mounting more pressure. Two further tries from Ryan Hussey and Fraser Strachan, both converted by Fraser Dingwall, meant that they went into half time 19-0 up and cruising. However, the Ghost of Oakham past came back to haunt them in the second half and they began to concede penalties and possession. One yellow card led to two and Bedford were under the cosh. They leaked two tries whilst playing with 13 players and were set up for a nervy final 10 minutes. However, they regrouped and played some of the best rugby of the match in the closing stages. Unfortunately, the try scoring pass couldn’t quite be executed but Bedford were awarded for their pressure with a penalty. As Dingwall was kicking the penalty to see out the game the 2nd and 3rd XVs were also kicking at goal with the final kick of the game to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat. A couple of epic matches by all accounts. Mr Braithwate wrote about the 2nd XV game, ‘Having gone 14-0 down we played some great rugby to go into half time 17-17. In the second half Dulwich played an even narrower and physical game playing to their strengths and with 10 minutes to go put themselves in what seemed like an unassailable lead at 31-22 but a great offload from Orchard to Comfort ensured 7 valuable points. We managed to keep pressurising Dulwich and with the clock almost run down we earned a penalty on the 22 which a cool Orchard converted to end the game 31-32. An outstanding performance full of character, determination and desire.’
The U16A and B teams lost their encounters but played some superb rugby. The U16A produced their best display of the season, in a narrow 21-31 defeat to Dulwich on Saturday. Tries were scored by: Charlie Hicks, Daniil Dulgeru and Timmy Pong. Sam Dalton added the conversions. They are a fantastic group who are showing huge commitment to improving. The U16C continue to fly in their unbeaten season thus far. If their desire and determination were bottled it would sell for huge sums of money. A half time deficit turned around in a big way. The best turnaround game Mr Holt has ever seen, well done boys!
The U15s continue to show signs of improvement. Week upon week the U15A team come up against incredibly strong opposition. But they are beginning to realise just how much hard work is needed to compete at their level and are really starting to come together as a squad, demonstrating a strong united front. With patience and continued commitment and allegiance, their time will come.
The U14A team produced a more cohesive performance in attack and defence to close out a very tight and tough contest. A team with a lot of promise is still very much in its youth of a very exciting journey. The U14Bs lost in their close contest but the U14 C team put together a convincing performance. Top quality defence, especially in the first half and then tries from Garner, Upadhyay (2), Toms and Sanders sealed the win. The U14 D team capped off this very even Dulwich fixture with a quite fitting 12-all draw with a committed comeback.
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||1st XV||Away||Dulwich College||WON 22 – 12|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||2nd XV||Away||Dulwich College||WON 32 – 31|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||3rd XV||Away||Dulwich College||WON 13 – 12|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||4th XV||Away||Dulwich College||LOST 0 – 49|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||5th XV||Away||Dulwich College||Abandoned|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||Boys U16A||Home||Dulwich College||LOST 21 – 31|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||Boys U16B||Home||Dulwich College||LOST 12 – 24|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||Boys U16C||Home||Dulwich College||WON 29 – 12|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||Boys U16D||Home||Dulwich College||Cancelled|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||Boys U15A||Away||Dulwich College||LOST 26 – 42|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||Boys U15B||Away||Dulwich College||LOST 0 – 17|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||Boys U15C||Away||Dulwich College||LOST 12 – 15|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||Boys U15D||Away||Dulwich College||Cancelled|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||Boys U14A||Home||Dulwich College||WON 36 – 27|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||Boys U14B||Home||Dulwich College||LOST 5 – 12|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||Boys U14C||Home||Dulwich College||WON 31 – 5|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||Boys U14D||Home||Dulwich College||DRAW 12 – 12|
|14:30 – Saturday 8 October 2016||Boys U14 E||Home||Dulwich College||Cancelled|