Rugby at S. Anselm’s is really starting to take off. We are
travelling far and wide in order to play some of the best rugby playing prep
schools and this weekend saw the 1st
XV travel up to St Martin’s, Ampleforth and Durham for a weekend rugby tour.
On Saturday the team set off up to Ampleforth College where
we were met by Mr Thurman who welcomed us and introduced us to Ampleforth’s
Head of the CCF Major Miles Blackford. We were given a lesson on the shooting
range and each had 10 shots, five at each target. There was some top shooting
by the boys, albeit a couple who missed the target completely, but very good
fun none the less. The weapons we were using were old 2.2 rifles from the war.
St Martin’s 21 – 0
After a fine lunch in the hall we were ready to take on St
Martin’s Ampleforth at Gilling. We won the toss and decided to play uphill in
the first half. Our forwards were dominant throughout the game winning ruck
after ruck and pushing SMA back in the scrums. The boys worked together as a
pack and turned the ball over time and time again. Unfortunately we could not
turn this possession into points and SMA scored with a break away try to lead
by a try at the break.
By the second half we had lost our captain, George W and fly
half Jack P, which although weakened our back line it also gave others the
opportunity to step up and take a leading role in the side. Jack W held his own
at fly half and Shea J was solid in defence. Alex S deserves a special mention
for his tireless defence over the weekend. Unfortunately SMA held us off with
some top defence and in the end ran through 3 tries in total. A very close
match and well done to SMA for their defence and strong running out wide. Their
fly half had a great boot on him, which posed a threat in attack and enabled
them to clear their lines when we had them pinned on their line. A great
S. Anselm’s 0 – 39
A tough match to start the day but we were up for it. We put
in some superb tackles and our forwards, led by George L won the first scrum
against the head. We had finally met our match up front now and Terrington were
fast and ferocious at the break downs. Special mention must go to Toby dlB who
was superb in defence putting his body on the line and taking the crash ball in
with pace and aggression. In the end the size of the Terrington Fijians was too
much and their sheer size and brutality were too much.
S. Anselm’s 0 – 31
What a fantastic first half! We were 7 points down at half
time and with the boys playing in new positions it was always going to be a
tough ask. Shea J had a tremendous game at fly half. His new found confidence
to run with the ball made ground on numerous occasions and he and Jack W proved
that even the physically smaller players can really make an impact in defence.
We again played with more aggression and energy with tackles flying in all over
the pitch. The score line does not reflect how the match was played and in the
second half they recognised our weakness out wide and capitalised on it.
S. Anselm’s 12 –
21 St Martin’s
This was set to be another cracking match after we had
played them the day before. We knew first hand that our forwards were dominant
and so we would have to play a tight game if we were to win. This was not the
case in the first half and although defence was good we let two soft tries
through. Then we switched on and Darius burst through the SMA line to score a
wonderful team try. S. Anselm’s then started piling on the pressure. Our
forwards were destroying their pack but each time we got close to their line we
knocked it on releasing the pressure on their line. It was a superb effort by
the entire team. A closely contested
match and a definite improvement from the start of the tournament. Out forwards
really have a taste of blood. Some fitness work needed but there is certainly
promise in this young 1st XV.