Read Games Teacher Mr Tyler’s match report:
Gad’s Hill U12 rugby side bounced back from Saturday’s defeat at the hands of Ashford School to seal a 20-15 victory over The Howard School.
In testing conditions, the boys played some excellent rugby and finished the term with victory against a strong Howard team.
The early stages of the match were evenly contested, with both sides setting-up good phases of play with impressive rucking.
It was Gad’s who made the first break through when James Bance broke The Howard’s defensive line before grounding the ball with defenders hot on his heels.
A second try soon followed courtesy of George Turner. George’s pace was too much for the defensive players and with good support from Cailan Turner the boys were left in a two-on-one situation, which George was able to finish on his own.
With half time approaching The Howard School pulled the deficit back to 10-5, with some powerful forward play from a free pass breaking the Gad’s defence for the first time in the match. Despite some good attempts to make clean tackles, the boys were unable to stop the try being scored.
After half time The Howard School increased the pressure on Gad’s Hill, however some excellent tacking from Carter Gagg, Mac Franklin and Edward Moore, amongst others, kept the slender advantage in favour of the home side.
Further courageous defending followed as Will Porcher-Meen held up a potential Howard try as the away side looked for an equaliser. Yet it was Gad’s Hill who was next to score, with James Bance once again making his presence known, splitting the defensive line, before unselfishly passing the ball wide to Cailan Turner who finished off the move in style.
With a two try advantage, the Gad’s Hill team perhaps got a little complacent and two tries in quick succession meant that the match was tied with less than five minutes left to play. At this point, every player on the pitch was desperate to win the ball for their side, with some more excellent tackling and rucking evident from the tired players.
As the clock ticked down it was Gad’s Hill who made the final breakthrough, with James Bance’s strong running being the deciding factor. Finding a gap in the defensive line, he once again broke some attempted tackles and powered through to place the ball beyond the try line to complete a 20-15 victory to Gad’s Hill.
The game ended in sporting fashion, with both sets of players showing a mutual respect for the efforts put in during the game. An excellent way to end the first term in the senior school.
Gad’s Hill Team: Will Porcher-Meen, Cailan Turner, Alex Dempster, Eden Morgan, Edward Moore, Charlie Welch, James Bance, Connor Waite, Carter Gagg, Oliver Rainsbury-Davis, George Turner, Ed McGowan, Mac Franklin