Match Report
Sir Thomas Rich's School Boys-U13A vs  Bristol Grammar School
On: Saturday, 07 Sep 2019
Venue: at Home

The start of the 2019/20 U13 season saw Bristol Grammar School (BGS) visit the fortress. Congratulations to Farrier and Richards who have been named Captain and Vice-Captain for the forth coming season.

Captain Farrier got the game underway and went long off the kick off. The Tommies pack chased well and ensured BGS were pinned deep in their own half. BGS looked to run from deep but fantastic hits form Madle and Widdecombe out wide saw Tommies pile the pressure on and eventually BGS were forced into a mistake. Tommies ceased possession and the pack were keen to make their presence felt. Explosive carries from De Burgh-Thomas, Richards and Ather saw Tommies smash their way deep inside the BGS 22. BGS had no other option but to defend narrow and subsequently Tommies had an overlap out wide. Clear communication matched with silky smooth hands by half backs McCombie and Johnston saw Tommies whip the ball out wide. Inside Centre Scott unselfishly fixed his man and put Full Back Farrier in for the opening score of the season. An excellent start for the boys in blue and gold.

BGS opted to receive the restart and subsequently secure possession. However, Shaw and Wayman were destructive at the breakdown and soon forced a turnover. With Tommies firmly on the front foot in and around the ruck, thanks to more strong carries from De Burgh-Thomas and Ather, the backs had a chance to show us some magic. Centres Madle and Scott carried well and the back three of Farrier, Mcinnes and Widdecombe demonstrated some exceptional footwork and handling skills. Playing with such pace and power saw Tommies dot down in quick succession. An excellent offload from Mcinnes saw Scott smash over for the second score before the forwards got in on the act, this time Wayman offloading smartly to the oncoming Ather who barrelled his way over.

Unfortunately for BGS the power of the Tommies pack was once again apparent soon after the restart. Inside centre Scott dummied and broke up the middle. Some excellent BGS cover tackles saw Scott’s momentum halted but an excellent offload ensured Tommies remained on the front foot. Richards flew onto the ball and bumped off a few defenders before offloading to fellow front rower De Burgh-Thomas. The Tommies Hooker demonstrated both power and pace to dot down for a fine team try. Not long after Tommies were in again, this time wide man Mcinnes finished smartly after demonstrating some lethal footwork. Tommies were pilling on the pressure and were relentless in attack.

With 5 minutes left to play in the first half BGS demonstrated some excellent fight and managed to force Tommies back into their own half through a mixture of strong carries and clever kicks. BGS were also tidy and the breakdown and didn’t let Tommies compete. BGS had started to string some attacking phases together and looked threatening. Tommies Centre Scott had other ideas and turned defence into attack with a perfectly timed interception. This intelligent read of play saw Scott fly onto a BGS pass and canter in under the posts to complete a fantastic first half for Tommies. 35-0 the half time score.

The second half began and Krisnic made a real impression off the bench, tackling anyone in his path. Tommies started the second half at blistering pace and Winger Widdecombe soon found himself with a defender to beat. Quick feet and good movement from inside to out saw Widcombe stand his opposite man up and dot down in the corner. A clinical finish from the Tommies wide man. Tommies were relentless and in particular Inside Centre Scott. In the space of 5 minutes at the start of the second half Scott added two more scores to his first half brace. Both times breaking powerfully down the left hand touchline.

The score line may now seem one sided but BGS continued to fight and were rewarded with an exceptional score of their own. A loose ball inside the BGS 22 was pounced upon. Quick handling from the BGS half backs freed up men on the outside. The BGS inside centre dummied and Tommies fell for it. The breakaway was on. With 60 metres to go the BGS inside centre and plenty to do. Unfortunately for Tommies he had just enough gas to evade Farriers covering tackle and dot down for a well-deserved score. Remember Tommies, we don’t take dummies!!

Changes were made for Tommies and substitutes Blake and Marshall both made very positive impacts. Blake carried hard upfront and Marshall looked dangerous out wide. Despite plenty of substitutions and players rolling on and off, Tommies continued to play with high tempo and intensity. Ckukwuemeka, truth be told, had a quiet first half but boy did he make up for it. Supporting Widdecombe up the right hand side Chukwuemaka scooped up the offload and demonstrated a lethal burst of pace and power to explode through the BGS defence and dot down for a 9th Tommies try. BGS responded with another breakaway try but not long after Lightning struck twice and Chukwuemeka had a quick fire brace.

Half backs Johnston and McCombie controlled the patterns of play superbly, getting the best out of their pack and backline. Tommies wanted to finish strong but some sloppy handling out wide saw BGS secure possession. BGS wanted to add to their two scores and threw the ball wide. Inside centre Scott once again read the play perfectly and intercepted before coasting in under the posts to round off both a fine individual and team performance. 60-10 to Tommies the final score. An excellent start to the season, well done boys

Man of the Match was Inside Centre Scott for an outstanding all round performance. Superb passing, Intelligent reading of play, big hits and ruthless finishing saw Scott dot down for 5 tries and 1 assist. A masterful performance at 12. Well done Scott.

Thank you to all the parents who came to support.