U15s Progress to National Plate Semi Finals
King’s College are through the semi final of the Under 15 Natwest National Plate Rugby Competition after a 22-10 point victory over Dean Close last week.
The visitors started the more positive of the two sides, gaining early territory through clever box kicking and good ball retention, taking a well deserved 5-0 lead.
King’s regained their early lack of discipline and clarity in decision making, and just before the interval took the lead with a try from George Thomas. Following some excellent assessment of opportunity from Ben Davies, Charlie Sharland made it 7-5 at half time.
The second half saw King’s dominate with excellent ball retention from the forward pack, ensuring plenty of possession. This, alongside keeping the ball alive at every opportunity, saw King’s score a second try through Charlie. After a fantastic offload from Oliver Dummett, Matt Osborne made valuable metres down the right wing.
Dean Close, however, came back into the game when finally making yards against King’s excellent line speed. This resulted in a lineout and a driving maul over the line to make the score 12-10.
Toby Pattemore, who was outstanding both at the breakdown and when carrying, then made the score 17-10. After some superb pick and drive’s from Harry Bishop and Dom Frampton, Ben Davies distributed quickly to find Toby who finished clinically in the corner.
With just minutes left, Charlie grabbed his second score of the match, charging down a kick deep in the Dean Close 22 before regathering to seal a semi final spot!
In the semi-final match in March, King’s will play at home to Trinity College, Croydon.
Published on: Thursday, January 1, 1970