Result: 31-10 (Loss)
Try Scorer(s) Jock Catto, Luke Crompton
Man of the Match: Oliver Millard
We started the game up against a big Solihull team and a 40 mph head wind. Solihull immediately put us under pressure with some telling long kicks which kept us in our own 22. It wasn't long before they started to use their big forwards to try and barge their way over the try line, but Malvern’s defence held them out on many occasions. After a huge amount of pressure, the Solihull forwards eventually broke our defensive line, we then made a couple of mistakes which they capitalised upon to make two more tries. When we managed to get field position we looked dangerous, with line breaks from Imoesi Ogwemoh and Seb Grace. After continuous pressure we drove a lineout for Jock Catto to dive over and score a try.
Half time: Solihull 19 Malvern 5
As the second half started we looked confident, but far too many handling errors allowed our opponents off the hook, to put us under pressure, testing our and scramble defence once again. The second half panned out in the same way that the first had, with plenty of defence and lots of very hard yards made by our forwards when clearing our line. Solihull scored a couple more tries as the game went on, but it was Luke Crompton who had the final say wriggling his way over from 5m out.
Our forwards were fantastic against a much bigger Solihull pack of forwards. Imoesi Ogwemoh, Jock Catto, Monty Lampard Seb Grace, James Wakefield, Charles Izzard, Allaster Renton, Jack Onslow and Harry Bluck all deserve a massive pat on their backs for their strong and determined performances. But my man of match goes to Oliver Millard, who covered every blade of grass on the pitch, and made some telling kicks and the defensive line break which allowed us to score our second try.
Full time: Solihull 31 Malvern 10
Result: 38 – 12 (loss)
Try scorers: Julian Loustric, Urav Ladwa
In blustery conditions, Malvern started well, holding out the attacks from Solihull, but eventually the deadlock was broken as the opposition crossed over our try line. Soon after, following a strong attack, Julian Loustric crossed for our first try which Marco Garbi converted to nudge us just ahead. This seemed to wake Solihull up and they put out wave after wave of attack and soon scored several tries. At half time we turned around losing 33-7. Following a strong half-time team talk, Malvern showed much improvement and, in a tight half, crossed the line first with Urav Ladwa crossing for a try. Malvern managed to hold out the repeated attacks from Solihull, but eventually the pressure told and Solihull scored their only try of the half. At the final whistle, the score of 38-12 didn’t reflect the difference between the two sides and the team can take much heart from their second half performance.
Result: 38 – 5 (Loss)
Try scorer: Lewis McMurdo
Man of the Match: Charlie Williams
The team arrived at Solihull to find themselves playing on a pitch with a very strong wind going directly down the slope. When captain Harry Sillence lost the toss and the Solihull captain elected to play with the slope and the wind, Malvern knew that they were going to be in for a difficult first half. Sure enough, Solihull made an enterprising start, scoring within the opening minutes, despite some excellent defence from Vansh Ladwa and Kit Staley. This set the tone for the remainder of the first half, but Malvern’s spirits remained high as half-time and – more importantly – the change of ends came closer.
Malvern made an immediate impact, getting points on the scoreboard after half-time, courtesy of an excellent try from Lewis McMurdo, who fielded a kick at fullback and ran the ball in from about 40 yards, beating a number of defenders in the process. Charlie Williams was outstanding in both attack and defence, playing with a real aggression and intent in everything that he did. Injuries to Kit and Vansh certainly did not help things, but the boys never gave up. Devon Perry was inspirational around the park, and Douglas Angus made an impact when he came on for his inaugural ‘A’ team cap. Ultimately, it was a frustrating afternoon, with no lack of effort but perhaps a lack of execution. The relentless workload (on the pitch and off it) over the past 7 weeks was starting to take its toll, and some of the boys are clearly in need of the respite of half-term.
Result: 10-8 (Win)
Try Scorer(s): Angus Catto, Oli Doherty
Player of the match: Olly Tulloch
Malvern went into their final game before half term against Solihull School and after some tough fixtures needed a good performance.
What followed was exactly that. They were up hill and against the wind to begin and knew that they were going to have to defend well and be disciplined. They did do those two things and despite playing some naïve rugby only conceded through a kicked penalty under the posts and a breakaway try from broken play. The half was largely played between the two 22’s which demonstrated good exit strategies from the Malvern side to keep pressure to a minimum. At half time and only 8-0 down, Malvern knew they had the game in their hands now playing with the slope and wind.
Our advantage was evdent and, right from the off, we were positive and patient. A few silly errors and penalties slowed the progress but they never gave up and fought to the end. Their first try came from quick thinking Finley Morris who took a ‘tap and go’ and then floated a wide pass for Angus Catto to finish in the corner. The second try was a trick play from another tapped penalty and worked a treat with Olly Doherty battling his way over the line. Olly Tulloch kept Malvern in the game with some outstanding tackles and catches and deserves a mention. The match was extremely competitive inspite of not being the prettiest game of rugby for the observer. Malvern played with huge levels of heart, grit and fight to grind out the victory and they should all be extremely proud of themselves for what they achieved. Hopefully the second half of term will bring much of the same.
Result: 28-12 (loss)
Try Scorer(s): Frankie Jefferies, Noah Hanke
Malvern U14A’s came up against a very organised and focussed Solihull School side. Malvern started the games brightly, pinning their opposition down in their own 22-meter line. Malvern was dominant in the srum and nearly scored as a result. Malvern took the lead through Frankie Jefferies, who broke the oppositions line to score the 1st try under the posts. Solihull immediately came back at Malvern after a knock on from one of Malvern players allowing them to score their first try under the post. The try was converted. 7-5 to Solihull. Solihull then scored two more tries to take the score 21-5 at halftime.
After halftime Malvern’s Noah Hanke dotted down the ball for Malvern’s 2nd try which Cameron Smith converted. At this stage Malvern had the opportunity to get back into the game but Solihull looked after the ball better. Final score 28-12 to Solihull.
Result: 43 - 5 (Won)
Try Scorers: Tekkan Iinuma x2, Sylvan Agyeman-Duah, Tom Birley, David Borha, Oli Minter & Archie Bailey
Player of the match: Oli Minter
The U14B’s won their fourth game on the bounce, with an excellent 43 – 5 victory over Solihull School. Having lost the services of fly half Joel Cox before kick-off through illness, we rejigged our starting line up with Oli Minter coming in as Joel’s replacement. Unphased by this adjustment, Malvern stuck to their game plan, a pleasing feature of which has been to play with width and depth so that we bring our full back, Tom Cavill, and wings Sylvan Agyeman-Duah and Sam Laverty into the game as much as possible to stretch opposition defences. We started well, scoring after 5 minutes through outside centre, Tekkan Iinuma, with one of his trade-mark outside breaks. Sylvan was then unlucky to be held up over the line, and Solihull cleared their lines and capitalised by scoring an equalising try of their own on 10 minutes. Malvern’s reaction was spot on however with Tekkan scoring his second try of the game after turning the Solihull defence inside out with an initial outside break before cutting back inside to go in under the posts. Sylvan then scored a third Malvern try to make up for being held up earlier, and just before half time a clever box kick from scrum half, Henry Worrallo turned defence into attack, and following a good chase, inside centre, Tom Birley, scored Malvern’s fourth try to give Malvern a 26 – 5 lead going into the break.
Going downhill in the second half the game plan was to kick initially for field position and to keep Solihull pinned back in their half. Oli Minter, rose to the challenge at fly half and produced a near faultless second half display, varying his play with occasional kicks in behind the opposition defence, but mostly taking the ball to the gain line before playing teammates in with some well-timed passes, and he capped a man of the match performance with a try of his own with a show and go from 5metres out following quick ruck ball. It was then left to Malvern’s forwards to close out the game with two further tries in the last 10 minutes, one from prop, David Borha after a barn storming run from just outside the opposition 22m line, followed by a seventh Malvern try for flanker, Archie Bailey. Without our usual kicker present, Captain, Tommy Boorman, stepped up to score with 4 of his conversions attempts to leave Malvern running out 43 – 5 winners.
This was a very pleasing all round team performance, and included B team debuts for Aaron Hallworth and Sam Agyeman-Duah, and worthy of mention was that all six Malvern replacements who came on, each made an impact, which again indicates the good depth we have at this age group