Match Report
Lord Wandsworth College 2nd XV vs  Dauntsey's School
On: Saturday, 09 Dec 2023
Venue: at Home

unfortunately, at a time when training clearly showed suggested that the intentions and efforts made earlier in the season were finally coming together, there had been no chance to test due to recent matches being cancelled. The Dauntseys' game is usually hard and again proved the ideal test. Unfortunately the conditions may have had the final say, a strong wind was blowing from the drive end of the pitch.

LWC started were asked to play with the wind, after what Tom W, captain for the day, described as a competitive toss. A positive start saw LWC trying to put together multiphase rugby in testing conditions. Much of the play was in the Dauntseys' half but LWC lacked the accuracy to make enough of opportunities and made handling and mental errors. There was the usually all effort carrying from Oscar B and Matt L. Olly L charged around to good purpose. James E dominated the line-out. All ably supported by Tom W, Rocco P and Joel W. The latter's game was cut short after being forced off by injury in the first half. Ned B ran well and did open the scoring, and there were positive performances from the backline. Unfortunately, when Dauntseys' did have their moments LWC ignored using the wind, continued to play and the inevitable errors gave the good field position from which they scored to take a 5-7 lead. The pattern continued. The only success was a penalty from Tommy D that saw LWC take the lead before D replied with a second try from as few as three visits to the LWC 22.

With the roles reversed D did use the wind. LWC showed a lot of enterprise and played some eye-pleasing rugby. Unfortunately, the energy sapping style of play became more evident as the game progressed and LWC players tired and went down to be treated for cramp. The introduction of the bomb squad, Hristo T and Henry R was not enough to alter the course of the game. Kicking into the strong breeze required some creativity and despite passages of play that moved the ball into the D half, the inevitable errors allowed them to kick LWC back to square one. It may have been different on a calmer day. So lets give this victory to the wind.

Thanks to all the boys who committed their time and much effort to 2nd XV rugby this term. There has been much effort and latterly progress. It is great to see players Like Dorian T and Hristo T playing with confidence and others showing more ability than they think they have. Thanks also to Mr Collins, who has produced a pack of some note and refereed with skill during the season.