Result: 46-7 (loss)
Man of the Match: Imoesi Ogwemoh
From the start our opponents put us under pressure. Malvern defended well but then conceded an early try. RGS Bristol had the majority of first-half possession against a strong wind. When we did have the ball, our accuracy when passing or kicking let us down too many times, resulting in a lack of pressure.
We adapted our play as the match went on becoming a lot more direct in our approach, we started to break the RGS line or make good inroads when we carried the ball into contact. With 15 minutes to go, we had a lineout in the RGS 22m. Our forwards launched a driving maul, which was added to by half the backline before RGS pulled the maul down illegally and a penalty try was awarded! In the last ten minutes of the game, we carried strongly, defended with lots of line speed and forced the opposition to errors.
Our commitment, energy and character has never been questioned with this group of players, hopefully the boys have enjoyed this season.
Result: 8-0 (loss)
Man of the Match: Philip van Nederpelt and Toby Hollis
Both sides played good rugby but neither could put forward enough breaks to get over the try line. Good play from forwards Philip van Neerpelt, Toby Hollis and Max Pickering along with telling runs from Harry Townsend and Julian Loustric continually put pressure on BGS, but we were often held up short of their try line.
At half time we turned around just 3-0 down and were eager to seek out a final win. The second half was very much like the first with good attack and defence from both sides, but neither could make the telling pass count. With just 10 minutes to go the BGS fullback caught the ball and managed to evade two defenders and cross the line in the corner putting us 8-0 down.
In the final 10 minutes Malvern upped the pressure, but again we couldn’t get over the line.
Result: 19 – 7 (loss)
Try scorer: Kit Staley
Conversion: Charlie Williams
Man of the Match: Tom Hughes
In this match this age-group team would play together for the last time. There was definitely an emotionally-charged edge to proceedings before kick-off; the boys were clearly up for it and started the match strongly.
Early on the Bristol attacks were repelled, through some excellent tackling from Louis Staley in midfield, and Antoine Sclater brought his superb form from last week into this encounter, with an enterprising start in the back row. Shea John looked dangerous whenever he got the ball in space, and Seb Squire was industrious at the breakdown. The weather took a turn for the worse before half-time, and the boys were playing into horizontal rain, but under the circumstances, they acquitted themselves admirably, never giving up and always maintaining their line speed in defence. Unfortunately, a couple of momentary blips in concentration were punished by Bristol, and Malvern went into the interval 14-0 down, frustrated, but with an underlying optimism at the prospect of a hefty tailwind in the second half.
In what were genuinely torrid conditions from a back’s perspective, Paddy Moyle had a commanding performance at fly-half, showing just how much he has come on over the course of the season, and Tom Hughes was inspirational as captain, as has been the case all season. The penalty count did not help Malvern, who struggled to string together any productive passages of play as a result, and unfortunately, this allowed Bristol off the hook too often. They extended their lead to 19-0, very much against the run of play, before Kit Staley scored a well-worked team try with five minutes to play. Time was against us, and we did not manage to claw another score back before the final whistle blew, bringing the match, and the season, to a close. Immensely disappointing, but the boys have shown this season and again today that they can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same, which is very much to their credit.
Result: 30-10 (Loss)
Try scorers: Nikolay Chagai, Hector Mallard
Man of the Match: Hector Mallard
Against a strong wind, handling was difficult in the early stages and Malvern guilty of trying to play an open game when it was our forwards who really had the upper hand. Dominating in the scrum with a front row of Edmund Thurlow, recently brought out of retirement, Nikola and Jack Malvern had the lion’s share of possession and seemed to be the more cohesive team. They were therefore unfortunate to find themselves three scores to none down after 20 minutes after some good breaks from Bristol. As so often happens with this team, however, the boys rallied and in the face of now appalling weather managed an excellent score in the corner from Nikolay Chagai, after several phases of good carrying from the forwards. Far more like it!
With the wind now at our backs in the second half, the boys scored again, James Myers kick was chased down and carried over the line by Hector Mallard. Now within only one score of the opposition, Malvern had the bit between their teeth. Unfortunately, we were unable to capitalize on this momentum and could not find that equalizing score. The game became stretched and Bristol threatened on the counter-attack, in spite of some excellent tackling from Jay Yang, Adam Narbeth, Hector Mallard and James Myers. Oli James began to carry more from the base of the scrum, but in spite of some good ground made, Malvern were not able to finish off their chances.
Result: 22-8 (Loss)
Try Scorer: Jack Yeoward
Man of the Match: Harry Sigley
Malvern ended their season by hosting Bristol Grammar School and wanted to finish on a high. Despite showing in phases the rugby they are capable of, they did not lack the clinical finish they needed. The game was very tight in the first half with not much joy from either side but with Malvern displaying the better and more adventurous rugby.
Malvern got a penalty in front of the posts and elected for the posts so much was the mentality to win the game. BGS scored their own five minutes later and with a halftime score of 3-3. Malvern knew that they hadn’t taken full advantage of the hill and the wind and despite playing much better in the second half just could not get over the line on enough occasions. James Pickering and Zac Watson were both held up as well as several chances wasted via knock-ons or turnovers at the breakdown.
Malvern made chance after chance but lacked the killer instinct. They did score a try through Jack Yeoward, using his feet to good effect before striding home but it wasn’t enough to offset the tries from BGS, two of which were fairly soft.
The team has made great progress and will continue to do so if they match the attitude and effort from this year moving forward. Man of the Match was Harry Sigley who carried well and was tireless in contact and around the breakdown.
Try Scorers: Ed Carryer and Noah Hanke
The U14A rugby team’s final match of the season ended in disappointment as the match was called off after 22 minutes.
There were two injuries and it was decided that the game should with stop with Bristol Grammar School only able to field 11 players. Tries were scored by Ed Carryer and Noah Hanke and one converted by Frankie Jefferies.
Well done to this U14 side who won an impressive eight of their ten games this season.
Result: 54 - 12 (win)
Try Scorers: Sam Laverty x3, Alek van Dam, Reuben Dargan, Sam Laverty, Sylvan Agyeman-Duah, Tom Birley, & Adam Davies (plus 6 conversions for Joel Cox)
Players of the Match: Sam Laverty & Alek van Dam
The U14B’s bounced back from their narrow defeat the previous week to record an emphatic 54 – 12 victory away at Bristol Grammar School. Some of the squad were returning from injury but others, unfortunately, missed this last game of the season. Tekkan Iinuma, who has forged a great partnership with Tom Birley in the centre was out with a broken collarbone, but was replaced by Ben Myers who gave us good ‘go forward’ and provided a focal point for our attacks, and Adam Davies returned to the back row.
After 10 minutes BGS and Malvern were tied at 12 – 12, but after this opening period Malvern took control of the game with first half tries from Alek van Dam, Sylvan Agyeman-Duah, Tom Birley, Adam Davies, and two tries from left winger Sam Laverty. It was the second of Sam’s tries just before halftime that was probably the pick of the tries, we moved the ball into Tom Birley who kicked in behind the oppositions defensive line, and flanker Adam Davies chased well and won the race to the loose ball, before gathering and making it into the 22m before being tackled. However, he kept the ball alive by offloading to Sam Laverty who timed his support line to perfection to score under the posts. Also worthy of note was fly half and Captain, Joel Cox’s contribution who converted seven out of his eight kicks at goal.
Malvern went in at halftime 40 – 12 up, and with pitch conditions deteriorating Malvern killed the game with two further tries in the second half. The first from Reuben Dargan, playing his second game at flanker, and the second from Sam Laverty who fittingly rounded off proceedings to complete a hat-trick of tries. Joint men of the match were Sam Laverty for his three tries, and Alek van Dam for his excellent work rate and tackling.
Well done to all of the squad who have been a pleasure to coach. It has been a very successful season for the U14B’s in winning seven of their nine games, amassing 322 points for and only 95 against.
A number of the B team squad are now regulars in the A team or have had game time with the A’s, who themselves have only lost two of their fixtures, and this naturally bodes well for College Rugby as this year group moves up through the school