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The Colts XV - a review of the second third of the season....

Our last match before Long Leave was against Epsom, a team we always knew would be tough to beat. Unfortunately we went a try down a minute into the match, before levelling the score soon afterwards. The rest of the match continued in the same vein, with both sides scoring tries freely. Epsom had very quick backs that we struggled to deal with throughout. Eventually we went down  53-34 due to a very poor defensive effort.

The next match was against Harrow, a side we had lost to in our two previous meetings. Again we started badly and conceded a try very early on. They were a very useful side with quick backs and again our defence wasn’t really good enough and we conceded several tries. We did score two ourselves and began to control the game at the very end. However this was too little too late and we lost 25-12.

Tonbridge were a side we were wary of, having had some very good results so far. We started well in horrendous conditions and by half time we were 18-3 in the lead. However, Tonbridge played an intelligent game and converted the advantage that the wind gave them in the second half. Our defence was again poor and in the end we went down 34-18.

We had never played Oundle before and didn’t really know what to expect. In the first half we were up against a strong headwind but kept them out and scored a very well worked try to lead 7-3 at half time. They were a very physical side but we kept them in their 22 for almost the entire second half, not giving them any chances to score. We managed to hold them off with a very determined performance and went on to win 7-3

St Paul’s was always going to be a tight match and we came up against a very talented, skilful side. In the first half there was exciting rugby from both teams, but due to determined defence, neither side could score and at half time, it was 0-0. St Paul’s managed to score not long after the break but missed the conversion. From then on Eton dominated the game, and spent a long time in the St Paul’s 22. Rory Anderson finally bundled over with a minute to go, the result of a patient build up and determined running, and went 7-5 up, thanks to Wilson (NJR) calmly slotting the conversion. St Paul’s still had time to kick off and were awarded a penalty on our 10 metre line. Luckily for us with our hearts in our mouths, the kicker  missed, the whistle blew and we had won 7-5.




DATE POSTED: 02 December 2009

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