A positive weekend for the Bedford School Rugby Club filled with many strong team performances, smattered with moments of individual brilliance.
All senior teams in action won their encounters. Probably the most complete performance coming from the 3rd team. They have really started to gel as a team showing their ability to attack from anywhere and finish off the chances they create. The 4th team battled to a much deserved victory, showing great team spirit and resilience to bounce back from two losses on the bounce. The 1st team had to contend with some outstanding players but their patience in attack and slick execution of the game plan allowed them to pull away from their opponents. They produced a strong six try attacking display to defeat a well organised and committed Oakham side.
Only three of the U16 teams had fixtures this weekend as there was a late cancellation of the U16C fixture. The A team was a tough contest, in similar fashion to the 1st XV they had a couple of outstanding players to manage. However, they produced their most complete performance to date with some great shape in attack, also managing to withstand an Oakham second half fight back. The B team will be pleased with the convincing performance they produced to win their match. The D team (supported with some C team players) had a lot of possession and determination, unfortunately to little reward and went down fighting to a well organised and physical Berkhamsted team.
The U15 teams won their A-C team fixtures with fine team performances. In fact, the C team saw a classy hat-trick from winger Charles Tavengwa after some fantastic phases involving the whole team. Furthermore, the positive ethos, effort and togetherness of the team was epitomised with the last try of the match. Christian Kitson, a continuous attacking threat, made a barn storming run from deep and seemed sure to score but for a last ditch tackle from an Oakham player inches from the line. Rather than stand and watch, Finlay O’Sullivan supported Christian all the way, picking up the loose ball to score under the posts and close out the game. The U15 D team battled hard but unfortunately lost to a very well organised St Alban’s team.
It was a different story for the U14 A and B teams against Oakham. Both teams were frustrated by the loss the suffered. Although the right results, the boys will feel that they could have made a better account of themselves as they have so much potential. A learning experience they are sure to make the most of. The C and D teams, on the other hand, produced gritty performances in tightly fought contests to beat Oakham and St. Alban’s respectively. The U14 D team overcame a first half penalty count of 18-2 against them and showed grit and determination defensively with outstanding tackling throughout the team. Having trailed 12-10 at half time and despite three tries being disallowed in the second half, Sam Evans scored his second try of the day late in the game to ensure a thoroughly deserved win.
All teams will need to be at their best next week and approach their games with confidence and focus as they face a strong Dulwich Rugby Club.
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