Rugby Report – 3 December 2018

1ST XV – MR HOWARD

The 1st XV remain unbeaten in the usual fixture list with a nail-biting win over The Skinners’ School on Saturday. 12 – 17 down with one minute to go, Ben D made a clean break, fed Zach F who scored just to the right of the posts. Jacob b converted to win the game 19 17. Jacob has previously scored a try as had captain Dillon R.

Under 16A – MR CHESTERTON

The Under 16As went down 20-24 to a Skinner’s team who played the conditions better in the second half. Eltham started well and tries from James R and Harvey J, plus both conversions and a penalty from Ben M saw them in control of the game at halftime. However, The Skinners’ School adapted their game plan to the worsening conditions and looked after the ball effectively. Eltham, although battling bravely, started to fall off tackles and Skinners gained the momentum. Another Ben M penalty gave Eltham a 20-19 lead with time running out, but Skinners bounced back to get the game-defining score with five minutes to go.

Under 16B – MR THOMAS

The Under 16B put in a spirited performance against an unbeaten Skinners’ School team on Saturday in atrocious playing conditions. Eltham started well playing up the slope and took the lead with Ouzo I breaking several tackles to run away and score an individual try from 40m out. Skinners used the slope wisely, driving Eltham back and they managed to power over from forward drives to score three deserved tries with a penalty from Archie R in reply to make the score 17- 8 at halftime. Although Eltham had the slope in the second half, many substitutions and injuries disrupted Eltham and they never managed to reach the intensity of play in the second half and Skinners took control of the game scoring a number of tries to win the game by 41- 8.

Under 15A – Mr Davies

The Under 15A had a hard-fought game against Skinners in terrible conditions. The two teams were well matched and showed tremendous skills despite the weather and poor surface. Going into the final quarter, the game was scoreless, but Skinners did just enough to win with two breakaway tries. A good performance from the boys in which we just fell short. Full credit to the team who played and then performed in the school musical.

Under 15B – MR HOUGHTON

The Under15B team, depleted through injury, never got into the game against Skinners. Playing on a pitch comprised primarily of clay and mud, they struggled to focus and let far too many easy tries through a porous defensive line. Nonetheless, it was a character building encounter, and special mention must go to Tristan W, Ben L and Toby O for their fierce tackling.

Under 14B – MR HAMMOND

The Under 14B team put out another hard-fought loss against a fairly well-match Skinner’s side. The stalemate was only broken after 15 minutes to make the score 7-0 to the opposition. Soon into the second half Freddie S capitalised on a Skinner’s knock on to break down the wing and finish in the core. 7 – 5.

The match continued to be balanced with tiredness creeping into both teams. However, our team was kept energised with the tackling and leadership of Reuben C the running abilities of Massimo G and Guiliano C and the grit shown by the rest of the team.

One of our best performances to date.

With the challenges we have faced this year, I am already looking forward to how we will translate this to next season.

Under 12A – Mr King

The Under 12A were 45-15 winners on Friday afternoon against a strong Skinners’ School side. They also played on Saturday morning against Colfe’s School and put on their best display of the season, as they beat Colfe’s 50-20. Sam G was outstanding in his first match for the A’s.

Under 12B – MR BALDWIN

The Under 12Bs had a busy weekend with matches on Friday afternoon against Skinners and Saturday morning against Colfe’s School. The team made a good start against Skinners with Noah and Sam G scoring first-half tries in an even half. However, there were silly mistakes early in the second half which let Skinners in to score three quick tries, and despite Tobias pulling on back, Eltham was beaten 35-15 in the end. Saturday was a different story though as a superb all-around performance helped Eltham to a fantastic 50-10 win. Ben R scored a hatrick, and there were also tries for Tobias, Matt A, Damian and Noah as the team played some superb running rugby in tricky conditions.