Match Report
Radley College Boys-U15A vs  St Edward's School, Oxford
On: Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021
Venue: at Home

Radley College JC1 32 V 12 St Edwards, Oxford

21.09.2021

Radley 32 Tries: Leetham 2, Hall, Sykes, Wooster, Donald Cons: Donald

After a fine win over Sherborne, the JC1s had the opportunity to carry on their good work in their first local derby V St Edwards, Oxford (Teddies). It was a somewhat different XV that took the field; 3 changes being made due to injury, giving a chance to some of boys who had shone in the JC2s and 3s.

Due to a late kickoff, the crowds gathered on the touch line and it was great to see so many Bigside players come to cheer on the boys, after their thumping win earlier in the day. As the whistle started the game, there was a palpable atmosphere and Radley got their hands on the ball early. After some slick interplay in the centers, Radley soon found themselves deep in Teddies territory – a place they would remain for the rest of the half. After forcing a knock on, Radley were awarded a scrum on the left hand side of the field, and a well executed backrow move saw Hall bust over for the opening try in just the 2nd minute - converted by Donald. Radley continued to dominate possession but were at times guilty of overplaying in the midfield which led to mistakes. This said, the defense was outstanding and ever vocal crowd were enjoying some of the hits messes Sykes and Buyonov were putting in. Radley had to wait until the 15th minute to score again, and they did through hooker Sykes. Of set piece ball, the Radley attack flooded right, and when they switched back left, a 4 V 1 resulted in a walk over in the corner. From the restart, Radley gathered possession and went through some good phases sticking to the game plan and when the ball was on, Cook released the flying fullback Wooster on the halfway line. With some outstanding feet and a blistering turn of pace, he ran in the score leaving several defenders trailing in his wake. 17 – 0. This would remain the score for the rest of the half and if truth be told, the boys could have scored another couple of trys. Wooster looked like he might go over for a second late in the half, but a flying shoulder charge from the Teddies number 8 snuffed this out and rendered him with a yellow. The Radley defense remained an impenetrable wall to the delight of the onlookers.

Frustratingly, Radley made a sloppy start to the second half and gave up position on their own 22 meter line. After conceding a silly penalty, Teddies kicked to the corner and from the resulting lineout, bundled over the line a few phases later. This really kicked Radley into gear and as the crowd trudged off to chapel, went through the gears and scored two quick tries making the score 27 – 5. The first came from debutant Leetham, on the right wing. A few phases of well controlled midfield play, drew in the Teddies defense when fly half Southan called for it, he was able to deliver the ball to Cook, who gave a delightful pass to the onrushing Leetham who pinned his ears back, and went over in the corner. Donald then bagged his first score of the season when he caught the Teddies guards sleeping, sniping from the base of the ruck. Good feet then enabled him to go round the 15 to score just left of the posts. Sadley he was unable to add the extras. Teddies, to their credit, didn’t give up and kept playing. They started to find some space in-behind the Radley defense, kicking well. They kept the ball very tight and their forwards worked hard to get into the Radley 22. After some more direct rugby, they were able to once again crash over, adding 7 points. Annoyed by this second score, Radley rallied round and closed out the half with some controlled and dominating rugby. The final play of the game resulted in the final score of the game. A very well executed scrum move on the half way, created space out wide, and Leetham once again was able to pounce. From 40 odd meters though it was no walkover, and he showed good speed and strength to grab his second.

This was a physically hard game, and Teddies kept fighting to the very end. The biggest plus to take, was that all 4 debutants had excellent games and shows the depth we have in our squad. Our next fixture will see the start of the NatWest Cup when we entertain MCS here, at Radley.