Rugby v Colston's School

Rugby v Colston's School

1st XV 
Result: 20-5 (Loss) 
Scorer: Ludo Staley
 
The game started and finished in very wet conditions which hampered both teams’ playing abilities. Colston applied lots of pressure to our defence for the first 15 minutes, but then we applied pressure to theirs for the following 20 minutes. During this 20 minutes spell,  and against the run of play, Colston capitalised on two errors and scored two tries. 
 
The second half started the same as the first half ended, with us applying pressure to Colston through our lineout drives and strong ball carrying. Unfortunately, the Colston defence held strong and we couldn't get that early try. With 20 minutes to go and with a scrum 10m from Colston’s try line, Ludo Staley ran a fantastic line to crash over the Colston try line to bring us to within 7 points. Colston then scored another try to settle the win. 
 
Special mention goes to Imo Ogwemho, Seb Grace, Ludo Staley and Nick Yeoward who never took a backward step all game and continually turned the Colston attack around with some big hits. 
 
2nd XV 
Result: 52-0 (Win)
Scorers: Jock Cotto x5, Jasper Penrice x2, Julian Loustric 
Conversions: Marco Garbi x4, Harry Townsend 
 
In atrocious conditions, the 2nd XV recorded their second victory of the season. In a tough first half, the team made plenty of inroads into the Colston’s half, but couldn’t find the telling pass to get over the opposition line. With time running out, good forward play allowed Jock Catto to drive his way over the line for two well deserved tries, one of which was converted by Marco Garbi.
 
In the second half it was a different matter as the team played to their strength and managed to push the opposition back on numerous times. Jock Catto scored a further three tries, Jasper Penrice ploughed his way over for two tries and Julian Loustric glided over for one try. Marco Garbi added 3 further conversions, before Harry Townsend slotted over the final conversion to give the boys a well-deserved victory.
 
U16A 
Result: 10-0 (Win)
Scorers: Tries: Tom Cox, Vansh Ladwa 
 
With the rain pouring down at Court Road, this contest was never going to be the most eye-catching spectacle. Malvern made the better start of the two sides, enjoying a lot of early possession and territory. However, they could not capitalise on this in the opening exchanges, with a number of chances going begging. That was until Tom Cox finished off an excellent passage of play with a try in the corner, courtesy of some impressive handling from Charlie Williams. Vansh Ladwa continued his superb recent run of form with a dominant performance, including a superb individual try from outside of the opposition 22.
 
The second half was completely scoreless, but featured some outstanding Malvern defence, with George Batryev having his strongest performance of the season. Billy Tulloch also put himself about the park to considerable effect, making some important tackles and carrying well. The final score of 10-0 reflects the state of attrition of the game and is not a particularly impressive score line for Malvern but Colston’s never really looked like scoring; this Malvern team is going from strength to strength, and the boys are looking forward to their next match, against Monmouth School, in a fortnight’s time.
 
U16B
Result: 24-5 (Win) 
Scorers: Antoine Sclater x3, Oliver James 
 
Colstons had a reduced squad so we decided that Malvern would lend them some players in order to maintain the fixture. This turned out to be a very good opportunity for some of the players new to rugby to enjoy a full match and it was great to see all 6 of them play a hard and honest game for the opposition, with Charlie Redvers even scoring a very good try for the opposition from Scrum Half.
 
Overall this was a much more structured performance from the 16Bs and with wet conditions and a slippery ball it was particularly encouraging to see the Forwards putting into practise the pick and go approach which they had been practising in training this week. Throughout the game there were strong carries from Douglas Angus and Nikolay Chagai and some excellent support play from Seb Roberts, Jay Yang and Hector Mallard. Henry Green worked tirelessly at Scrum Half to link the play with the Backs and James Myres had his most successful game at Fly Half so far. Thanks to the excellent hard work from the forwards there were some good opportunities for the Backs and it was great to see Antoine Sclater running strong straight lines from the beginning, showing excellent pace in his first game in the centre. Having scored twice in the first half, Antoine went on to complete his hat-trick with a superb solo effort in the second half. The fourth try came from Oliver James after a strong run through the Colstons’ defensive lines. 
 
Overall this was a very encouraging performance and there is much to look forward to with a mid-week fixture coming up against Bowbrook on Tuesday.
 
U15A
Result: 58-10 (Loss) 
Scorers: James Pickering x2
 
Malvern travelled away to Colston’s School, Bristol. They have always been strong opposition and it proved the case once more.  The first half was a really tight affair with both teams scoring early tries and playing some good rugby despite awful weather conditions. Although Malvern spent much time camped in their own 22 their defence was resolute and kept Colstons at bay until the end of the half, going in 15-5 down. However, the change in halves brought a change in fortunes and a combination of savvy play from Colston’s and more injuries and a little naivety from Malvern meant they fell further behind. It was always going to be an uphill task after that but the boys worked hard until the end and again, got their reward with a late try. Both Malvern tries were scored by James Pickering who gave another strong performance, carrying and defending well but special mentions also go to Will Crossland, Harry Finch and Angus Catto who all had good games.
 
U15B
Result: 27-10 (Loss) 
Scorers: Will Hartley and Yoyo Sasa 
 
U15Bs were away at a very wet Colston’s in Bristol. A 27-10 defeat doesn’t reflect how well Malvern played, with some excellent rucking by Samuel Hughes and Clemens Tuczka driving forward. This resulted in tries for Will Hartley and Yoyo Sasa which were set up by some great passing from fly half Ted Evans. The boys should be very pleased with their efforts.

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