Rugby Report Week 6
A busy final week at RHS which saw all fixtures played midweek against various schools in and around the area. It has been a successful first half term for RHS across all age groups with a 72% success ratio. Hopefully all sides can maintain their momentum and look to finish the season on a high; however they face a number of strong schools after the half term break.
12A- vs. Woodbridge W 22-12
An entertaining game which saw RHS battle against a stubborn Woodbridge side in the first half. However, the addition of Ed Chapman in the 9/10 slot helped to steady the ship and direct play into the spaces created by the industrious forwards. William Day worked hard all game whilst Felix Arp-Peterson and Charlie Lewis-Booth continue to forge a formidable second row partnership. In the end RHS ran out deserved winners.
12B- vs. Woodbridge W 29-0
RHS started the stronger and more organised of the two sides. The backs were well organised by Rowland Kerr with devastating pace on both wings and a destructive Jason Sims in the centre. It was a matter of time before the Woodbridge defence gave way to a Kenneth Chu try under the posts. Jason Sims added a handful of scores before the break with RHS leading 17-0 at half time. They were asked to set themselves the target of not dropping the ball in the second half, a task not achieved by many top flight teams. Nonetheless, the 12B’s stuck to their promise valiantly, and reduced their error count in the second half. Brilliantly captained by Sims, led well by Ayush Thapa at flanker in the forwards. Kerr kicked brilliantly from the tee to confirm an overall score of 29-0 at the final whistle.
13A- vs. Woodbridge W 50-0
A comfortable win for the U13A side over Woodbridge. This despite turning round at half time only 19-0 up. The visitors could not cope with the hard running from the impressive Seb Palmer who scored some excellent tries. RHS rang the changes with Charlie France making his debut at number 8 and Ed Fairley in the driving seat at fly half. RHS combined well channelling physicality and some skilful play. This win topping a successful half terms set of results.
13B- vs. Woodbridge W 51-5
Another sound performance from a junior team against a competitive Woodbridge side. In the end RHS proved too powerful a side for Woodbridge and ran in a number of clinical tries. The side combined pace, power and skill in equal amounts to run out comfortable winners. Captain Tom Young and fly half Alistair Day were singled out by Coach Mr Coleman for their efforts and leadership. Well done.
14A- vs. Culford W 0-53
A resounding victory for the U14a’s to finish a mixed half term of results and performances. In torrential rain and blowing winds the side played some expansive and ran tries in for all areas of the pitch. RHS set the tone by scoring in the first minutes of the game with a length of the field Toby Okechukwu try. Further tries were added throughout the second half as the changes were rang and a number of players were played out of position. Ethan Donovan proved his worth throughout the game with his tireless work in all areas of the pitch whilst Toby Braybrooke helped to control the game from Fullback and scrumhalf. Nishan Ale enjoyed his A team debut whilst Conor Ryan continues to improve week by week. Promising signs are beginning to be shown by a team full of individual talent but now must start to work together to achieve a common goal.
14B- vs. Hadleigh High School. Postponed.
15A- vs. NewHall L 0-60
Not a good day for the 15As unfortunately. They had talked themselves out of any chance of winning this match the night before. By the time the team finally started to show some fight they were 40 points down and it was too late. New Hall were unbeaten in what is a strong year group.
A lesson to be learnt about mental toughness and self-belief! A disappointing result clearly but RHS are no doubt a good side that had a particularly tough day at the office. A chance now to rest over half term and come back with renewed enthusiasm and make amends for this defeat.
15B- vs. NewHall W 5-47
RHS continue to show great promise and strength against well organised opposition with some big attacking threats. The scoresheet was spread out across 7 different try scorers, from both backs and forwards. Toby Ruffles kicked 6 from 7 from the tee to edge the total well towards 50 points. The game was a new challenge for the RHS, a few injuries sustained to Callum Hensby and Kieran Farrer disrupted the flow of the game, however, Scott Taylor made it as seamless as possible. Harry Chavasse was devastating in the middle of the park, committing defenders and offloading well in attack. We were slow in defence and lacked that aggression in the tackle. All in all, another victory, and another job done. Half term has come at an opportune moment to recharge before the long away trip up to Gresham’s.
16A- vs. Felsted W 12-29
An impressive victory in the end for a confident RHS side who really should have scored more. Felsted are one of the stronger sides on the circuit. However, RHS put a well drilled side to the sword and showed great intensity and maturity with a number of the senior players coming to the fore. The lineout worked particularly well with Charlie Ewen and Sam LeRoy dominating in the air. Charlie Kerr continues to marshal his forwards well and is able the distribute the ball to a well-oiled backline. Special mention must go to Robbie Elms for a length of the pitch try! The result was made all the more pleasing due to the long injury list the side is currently facing.
16B- vs. Felsted L 32-29
An agonising defeat for the B’s in what was a real back and forth fixture. Due to a number of injuries the side called up a number of inexperienced players for their B team debuts. And as expected all individuals step up to the mark in true RHS style. This epitomises the attitude of RHS students. Alfie Anderson and Xavier Knox Johnson were but a few making their debut and got stuck right in. In the end RHS were knocking down the door on Felsted but unfortunately ran out of time. Well done to all involved.
2nd XV- vs. Felsted L 7-36
A tough game for RHS in which they failed to take control and capitalise on any meaningful chances. This performance seemed to follow on from their showing vs Colchester RFC where the side kicked away useful position and therefore never built pressure on a beatable Felsted side. The team must now use the half term break to regroup and look to return and show some maturity in order to impose themselves on a game.
1st XV- vs. Felsted L 10-34
In the end RHS were beaten by a well drilled and highly skilled opponent. Although a 24 point deficit flatters Felsted they ran out deserved winners. Consequently ending the 1st XV’s unbeaten run. In what started so positively for RHS who imposed their style of play on Felsted to go ahead 10-0 resulted in Felsted scoring an interception try to go in at halftime just 10-7 behind. RHS failed to capitalise on a number of clear cut chances and strong field position and should have gone in at half term with a comfortable lead. Felsted continued to dominate possession with RHS beginning to lose composure and play off difficult ball. In the end Felsted ran in some well worked tries, however RHS were’nt helped by allowing 3 soft interception tries by trying to force play in unpressurised positions.
A disappointing loss but a number of lessons were learnt from a growing side who now look forward to setting the record straight up against Greshams after half term.
Congratulations to 2 RHS boys on their selection into the ISRFC U13 East Midlands squad. 3 boys attended the trial at Orwell Park last Sunday. Luke Clark-Smith and Hamish Comonte were both successful and now go on to represent the East Midlands at Bilton Range at the end of half term. Hamish who captains RHS U13 said " this is quite a step up " as the final session began with the best players from prep schools in the age group from all over the East Midlands.
Good luck to both.
Francois Rossouw- Eastern Counties U16 vs Herfordshire
Lyam Thorpe- Eastern Counties U18 vs Kent
George Butt- Essex U18 vs Hertfordshire