Carisbrooke College 5 Christ the King College 17
The combined Year 9 and Year 10 (Under 15) team had a good win at local rivals Carisbrooke in their first game together this season. Indeed, for the Year 10s it was their first time representing the College in rugby this season. Played in cold and damp conditions, the team showed great spirit and heart to secure victory against a big but inexperienced home side, made up mostly of Year 10s.
All scores came in the first half. When Christ the King College moved the ball at pace and out wide they had the measure of their opponents, creating two tries for Sebastian Crouch with good hands along the line, James Reed kicked a conversion off the second try. Carisbrooke answered with a try of their own after rare poor tackling by the winners, but Crouch completed his hat-trick for a 17-5 halftime lead.
The scoreless second half saw Christ the King make a lot of handling errors, forcing them on to the defensive time and again. Tackling was excellent throughout this period, however, as was the scrummaging. Forward of the match was Michael Joyce for his tireless work, but Ben Burnett also caught the eye, having made huge improvements during this school year. Back of the match was hat-trick hero Sebastian Crouch, and Sam Woods deserves mention too for making a couple of crucial try-saving tackles. All the team played well though, and put their bodies on the line for their team mates.
Team: James Reed, Rio Penn-Grice, Sebastian Crouch, Tyler Hobson, Sam Woods, Louis Malkin, Luke Blackman, Ben Burnett, Ned Guy, Louis Herbert, Morgan Collingwood, Michael Joyce, Alfie Foster.