Rugby v St Edward's, Oxford

Rugby v St Edward's, Oxford

1st XV 
Result: 36-5 (Loss)
Try Scorer: Nick Yeoward
Man of the Match: Jack Onslow
 
We started positively and looked the better team in the first 20 minutes of the match. We had opportunities to score but unfortunately errors from us and a good defensive effort kept us out.
 
Unfortunately, they capitalised from virtually every error we made and scored tries, which was disappointing, sapped our energy, and was against the run of play.
 
Halftime: St Edwards 24 - Malvern 0
 
The second half started as the first had finished, with us making far too many errors to put the Teddies under pressure and they scored two more tries in the second half.
 
The good thing about our team is that we never give up, showing real character and determination, and always work hard for one another.
Nick Yeoward’s fantastic try was an example of this never give up attitude.
 
Special mentions for Nick Yeoward, Charles Izzard for sheer grit in the way they played. Man of the match goes to Jack Onslow, his defence was the highlight of the game.
 
2nd XV
Result: 40-12 (Loss)
Try Scorers: Jasper Penrice and Urav Ladwa
 
After a slow start, Malvern were 19-0 down inside the first 10 minutes, the 2nd XV began to show the play we had seen earlier this season. Impressive play from forwards Vishal Koneru, Paddy Norman and Jasper Penrice pushed St Edward’s back.
 
In the 2nd half, the backs came more into play and impressive runs from Julian Loustric, Shamir Marshall and Harry Townsend allowed wingers Urav Ladwa and Owen Carroll to make ground. Try scorers in the 2nd half for Malvern were Jasper Penrice and Urav Ladwa with Owen Carroll adding one conversion.
 
 
U16A 
Result: 38-26 (Loss)
Try scorer(s): Lewis McMurdo, Tom Hughes, Tom Long, George Batryev 
Man of the Match: Antoine Sclater 
Conversions: McMurdo x3
 
Malvern got off to an uncharacteristically strong start away at St Edward’s, with Lewis McMurdo crossing over for a superb try within the opening couple of minutes. 
 
This came courtesy of some excellent defence in the opening exchanges, with Louis Staley, in particular, establishing a dominance in this area. A few minutes later, captain Tom Hughes crossed for a try, after an opportunist snipe from the base of the ruck. Teddies were not simply going to roll over and accept defeat, and they came back with a try of their own, due to a lapse of concentration on Malvern’s part. From a line out on the opposition 10-metre line, Tom Long took the short option (the “Rhino” call) and ended up bursting through the Teddies defence to score a fantastic try, taking the score to 21-7, with 5 minutes remaining of the half. The only disappointing phase of the match from a Malvern perspective was when, after setting themselves the target of not conceding again before half-time, they proceeded to concede two easy tries in the closing moments of the first half, which allowed Teddies right back into the game. 21-19 to Malvern at the interval made a great spectacle for the neutral, but frustrating viewing for Malvern after having given themselves such a formidable start.
 
George Batryev’s try was the highlight of the second half, as he showed serious determination to bustle his way over the line in the face of some fierce Teddies tackling. Unfortunately, Teddies proved slightly too strong, with some powerful runners capable of scoring from anywhere on the pitch. They were ultimately the difference. The final score of 38-26 does not reflect the fact that the score was poised at 31-26 with only two minutes to play – Malvern were in the match right until the end, with Teddies scoring in the final play. 
 
As the coach, I was proud of the way that the boys conducted themselves, as they never gave up and were respectful in defeat. 
 
U16B
Result: 35-5 (Loss) 
Try scorers: James Myers
Man of the Match: Jay Yang 
 
With an under-strength side, the 16Bs faced a very strong St Edward's team. The opposition dominated possession in the opening exchanges through good handling skills. Malvern committed to the tackle but unfortunately couldn't prevent Teddies crossing the try line.  
 
The second half was a different story and the forwards took it upon themselves to be more competitive at the breakdown, aiming to disrupt opposition possession. Although Malvern lacked structure (unsurprising given the number of notable absentees) they showed a fighting spirit. James Myers scored a well-deserved try following an excellent burst through the defensive line.
 
The final score was 35-5, with only two of the opposition tries being scored in the second half. Despite the rather one-sided scoreline, there was no shortage of determination or aggression. 
 
Special mention to Jay Yang who carried bravely and worked tirelessly to cover every inch of U14the pitch to make his tackles.  
 
U15A 
Result: 19-5 (Loss)
Try Scorer(s): Zac Watson 
Player of the match: Zac Watson 
 
Malvern hosted Teddies in the penultimate game of their season, at home, on the first team pitch. This brought about a different challenge especially after the emotional toil of the losing draw to Bromsgrove. Malvern started sloppy with rash decisions and paid the price, conceding within the first five minutes. However, they did rally and started to play some good rugby, patiently working their way up the field with good carries from James Pickering and Jack Yeoward. With the pitch being bigger there was always going to be space and Zac Watson held his width well to get the ball and dive over under pressure. The game was then as it should have started, extremely even and very physical. Teddies were more aggressive and direct and made good ground around the fringes – again managing to get over before halftime. However, there was some excellent defensive work by Max Hilton and a dogged trackback from Zac to save a certain try. The game remained tight for the large proportion of remaining time. Malvern constantly found themselves knocking on the door without managing to give the killer blow. Five minutes from time Malvern's ball got turned over in Teddies 22, for their player to run 60 metres before getting snaffled excellently by Zac again two metres short of the line. They used this momentum quickly to score and effectively end the game a few minutes from time. 
 
Progression was still evident but Malvern looked tired and hopefully will be able to bounce back with effect next week in their final game. Although not man of the match special mention goes to Max Hilton who was superb in defence and also carrying the ball forward.
 
 
U14A
Result: 45-0 (Win)
Try Scorer(s): Charles Hoyland x2, Ed Carryer x2, Tommy Boorman, Noah Hanke, Cameron Smith
 
Malvern played their best rugby of the season totally outplaying the opposition. Malvern played an exciting brand of rugby and everyone played their part in this exciting win. The forwards dominated the breakdown, the backs ran clever lines. In a pulsating and energy-sapping game It took five minutes for captain Charles Hoyland to score the first try, Frankie Jefferies converted. Left winger Ed Carryer scored the second in the corner after some good interaction between the forwards and the backline players, Frankie converted. Charles Hoyland scored his 2nd try to take the halftime score to 19-0 to Malvern.  A well-deserved lead.
 
Malvern had some unfinished business in the 2nd half and they kept the opposition on the backfoot. A good hand to hand movement took Tommy Boorman over the try-line for the first try after halftime, Frankie Jefferies converted. Noah Hanke bulldozed his way over the try line for a well-deserved try after a quick tap from a penalty, Frankie converted again. The next try came from Cameron Smith who had a busy afternoon at fullback. Ed Carryer scored Malvern’s last try after a clever corner kick by centre Frankie Jefferies. Frankie converted to take the final score to 45-0 to Malvern.
 
U14B 
Result: 29 - 27 (Loss) 
Try Scorers: Reuben Dargan x2, Sam Laverty, Sylvan Agyeman-Duah & Joel Cox (plus 1 conversion for Joel Cox)
Player of the match: Reuben Dargan
 
Having not had a match against King’s Macclesfield two weeks ago, plus with Leave-out coming last weekend, our momentum of six wins on the bounce was somewhat checked.  However, this match against St Edward’s proved to be one of the most exciting games of the season.
 
Playing against the wind in the first half St Edward’s were able to apply pressure and came away with three first-half tries, but we kept ourselves in the game with a try from Reuben Dargan, repositioned in the back row to cover for the absence of Tommy Boorman won his second call-up to the U14A team.
 
Come the second half the boys were charged with gaining good field position by using the wind to kick into the corners and force St Edward’s to play from deep.  It proved to be a really good tactical battle between two evenly matched teams, with St Edward’s probably having a slight edge in the forwards, particularly at scrum time, with Malvern probably having a slight edge in the backs.  In spite of conceding a try at the start of the second half from a misdirected kick which St Edward’s counter-attacked and scored from, the boys stuck to the game plan of kicking for good field position then moving the ball wide.  A great comeback ensued which saw Malvern score 4 second-half tries to St Edward’s 2 tries, a second for Reuben, plus one apiece from wingers Sam Laverty and Sylvan Agyeman-Duah and a final try for fly-half and Captain, Joel Cox.  At 5 tries apiece, St Edward’s two conversions to our one saw them win by a two-point margin in what was a thoroughly absorbing contest enjoyed by both sets of players and spectators alike.
 
This defeat should not detract from what has been an excellent season for the U14B’s having won six out of their eight matches thus far, and we will regroup for our last match of the season next week away at Bristol Grammar School.
 
U14C
 
We started brightly but allowed them to score three tries in quick succession through some inconsistent tackling. Aaron Hallworth made an excellent line break and finished this off by sprinting from the halfway line to score. Hector Mellor converted. At Halftime, we talked about the need to not only stop their momentum and strong direct ball carriers but to take back possession at the breakdown. Pleasingly, we were quicker to the breakdown and rucked a little better in the second half. 
 
The first period of the second half was scoreless, Malvern showing greater resilience and aggression than before. Ben Gildin made an impressive and physical carry that took Malvern to the opposition try line which lifted the team’s confidence. Unfortunately, after several scrum attempts, we turned the ball over and St Edward's were able to escape and soon took their opportunity to score. To Malvern’s credit, we persevered in what was the most physical encounter of the season so far. 
 
Nick Wilson capitalised on a dropped ball and ran the length of the pitch to score. Reuben Graff ’s tackling and counter-rucking were noted and he set a wonderful example to the rest of the team in terms of how we are aiming to play. After a slow start, the boys were happy that they improved and want to put things right before next week’s game against Bristol Grammar School.
 

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