Match Report
Gresham's School Boys-U15A vs  Wymondham College
On: Saturday, 06 Oct 2018
Venue: at Home

So....3 wins out of 3 but the U15A's were very careful not to underestimate today's opponents.

Professionalism was the name of the game and we made sure that our preparation and warm up was spot on. First impressions count and the boys made sure that when the Wymondham boys turned up, they were in no doubt that if they thought that were coming here to put one over us, they had another thing coming!

Wymondham College has a strong tradition of fielding big, strong lads and today was no exception. Our pack was arguably smaller in size but what we lacked in size, we made up for in passion and technique.

We began the game playing into a strong wind and driving rain but the fantastic power of the forwards and the quick, skillful handling of the backs proved too much for the Wymondham boys and by halftime, we had 19 points on the board without reply.

The second half objective was to put the game to bed early doors without conceding a point. Defence was the name of the game but with the wind at our backs and an ever frustrated Wymondham team, the Gresham's boys began to enjoy themselves. A penalty 15 meters from the Wymondham try line gave the outstanding Reader, at number 6, a chance to score and sheer determination and guts got him over the line to put us 24-0 up. The educated boot of Claybourne added the 2 points once again.

One more score and conversion saw the boys finish 31-0 winners. An overall outstanding performance from a group of lads who collectively, when at their best, will be unstoppable this season.

Man of the match goes to Jack Reader but could equally go to the omnipresent Richie Mann, Callum Richardson, Ollie Holden, or Alex Claybourne.

Special mentions must go to Rafe Lahore who was once again superb in both defense and attack as fullback, finishing with a try-saving tackle, Big Bertie P who, after suffering a bloody nose was desperate to get back on and finish the game, Bobby Rash who stepped in at short notice and not only held his own but was extremely effective in both attack and defence, Fred Todd in the lineout and strong running, Toby C who needs no introduction for his power and cultured hands, the effervescent James B for his speed and soldiering on with an injured arm and all the other boys that I have forgotten to thank.

Thanks also to the parents for their support and encouragement for a group of very talented and committed bunch of lads who love to play rugby.

The season is young, but these lads have a chance to do something very special this term.

"The whole point of rugby is that it is, first and foremost, a state of mind, a spirit." Jean-Pierre Rives.

We still have to improve!

Onwards and upwards boys.

Mr Lowe.