Shenfield High School

The Shenfield year 8 Rugby team started their season with a bang after upsetting William De Ferrers in a thrilling match. Having won a surprise promotion last year, the Shenfield boys face some big Rugby schools in this years competition.  After 16 boys turned up to training on Friday night, they went into this game fully prepared for a tough encounter. The game started with a lot of unforced errors, as the players struggling to adapt to the match pace. Passes were short, handling was poor and Rucking was almost non-existent.  However as the game went on, the players settled down and the game began to take shape.

After a close fought first half it was the home side who went into the break with a 7-0 after a great individual try by the De Ferrers winger. The conversion was successful and De Ferrers side looked to be taking control of the game. The second half started with an early De Ferrers try and it looked as if the game could slip away, with 12 points the deficit. Despite this setback, Shenfield came to life with all aspects of their game improving vastly, especially at breakdowns.

Man of the match and Captain Charlie Gooding led by example with some powerful runs and great work at the breakdowns. Shenfield began to get the ball down the line and to their strong runners, with Portway, Thompson, Gray and Ridley starting to influence proceedings. With 10 minutes remaining Shenfield were on top and looking threatening, Sam Gray defied his miniscule stature with some mazy runs, gaining valuable ground. The ball was moved quickly down the line and Portway made a powerful run into the defence, he was supported by Ridley and with an effective ruck, Thompson bundled the ball over the line. Portway continued his excellent game kicking the conversion to bring the score within sight.

Shenfield made excellent ground on the restart and edged ever closer to the home sides try line. Thee ball was picked up and carried by the powerful Gooding who broke though the defence to bring the scores level. Portway then capped of yet another brilliant performance kicking the conversion to take his side 2 points clear with 3 minutes remaining. Shenfield gathered the ball from the restart and looked to maintain possession, after some nervy moments and excellent Rucking, the time was up.

The ball was kicked to touch and the celebrations could begin, a quiet brilliant comeback was complete. All of the boys deserve great credit for their battling performance showing that Shenfield are here to compete in this tough league. Thanks must go to Mr Thomas for driving the squad to the game, whilst offering valuable assistance from the side line.

Great work fellas, keep working hard in training and we can only get better.

Mr Bennett

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