S. Anselm's

A full boarding and day school for boys and girls from Nursery to 16

1st XV Rugby Tour to Ampleforth and Durham

1st XV Rugby Tour to Ampleforth and Durham

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 S. Anselm’s


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 contest!


Durham Festival


S. Anselm’s 0 – 39 Terrington


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 Durham


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.


Mr Wood

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