On a chilly but dry evening in Gravesend the boys assembled with a great buzz of excitement. Following a very good warm up and team talk, the boys were stunned as the game looked to be drifting away from them after just six minutes. 14-0 down and The King’s School, Canterbury had only put together 2 attacks. Something had to change and when Matt Arman touched down for his first of three try’s, the belief started to grow. The boys were ferocious in attack and resolute in defence and with eight minutes to half time Arman crashed over again to make it 10-14. Right on the stroke of half time Eltham won a line out and set up a driving maul, the opposition felt they had little choice but to collapse the maul and Eltham were awarded a penalty try and seven points to take the half time score to 17-14 and we were in the lead.
The second half was a far less free flowing and the boys had to dig deep, they knew if they did not concede again they would win. They did just that, defending for their lives and pushing forward at every opportunity. With five minutes to go the game was sealed, Arman duly completed his hat-trick with another superb driving maul and Josh Hutchings put the icing on the cake with the conversion. 24-14 and a thoroughly deserved win, Champions indeed.
Report written by Mr E Thorogood, Head of School Sport