Match Report
Lord Wandsworth College 2nd XV vs  The Oratory School
On: Saturday, 14 Oct 2023
Venue: Away

A 23 strong 2nd XV squad comfortably beat a competitive Oratory side to record their most impressive display of the season. The only blot on the page of a perfect day was a serious injury to Will H, whom we wish well for a speedy recovery.

After running the ball out of defense and turning the ball over LWC found themselves 3-0 down after conceding a very kickable penalty. Fly-half Tommy D learned from this an used a mixture of impressive line kicks and calculated running from deep positions to pressurise Oratory and make them play in their own half. Once there LWC stole a LO and the pick and go tactic that had been rehearsed in training, combined with forwards interpassing, produced a try for Tom B to make the score 3-7. A second steal from James E ended with him peeling around the front to stretch the lead 3 -14. The competitive nature of the game meant quite a lot of defending, some last ditch near the LWC line. Oratory had a big, hard carrying 8 who made the boys tackle. and tackle, thankfully predictably. Charlie L counter attacked well and Harvey K showed good pace as LWC reproduced some of the free-flowing rugby they rehearse during the week.

8 changes were made at half-time and this disrupted things somewhat. Changes at half back were crucial. Whilst the change at 9 added some slickness and assuredness to proceeding the one at 10 did not work as well. Despite some lovely touches, that mark out a good player, the changes saw LWC lose control of territory and possession and meant even more defending than in the first half, and most of it within site of their goal line. A line-out drive produced a good score for Sam H that made the score a comfortable 3 -19 but LWC were seldom in control. A late yellow card for Tom B did not help nor did the loss of Will H to injury. Oratory did get one score back and may have been closer if they had taken some penalty opportunities and been more imaginative in attack. Lets not take away from an impressive display from LWC. Special mention to Henry J who ran well after finally getting a chance, All the front row who ran, carried, and tackled tirelessly and Tommy D who provided the control that was needed for the team to perform. .