Belhaven Hill School

Co-ed Boarding & Day School for ages 5-13

Boys' Rugby: 1st v St. Mary's

Boys' Rugby: 1st v St. Mary's

Opponents:  St Mary's
Date:               Wednesday 13th November
Time:              2.30pm
Venue:           Belhaven

On a bright and cold day Belhaven firsts returned to their home ground for what was supposed to be another tight match, and so it proved. Right from the off each contact and breakdown situation was keenly contested with St Mary's taking the initiative in attack. For the majority of the first half in fact St Mary's advanced up the field only to be repelled by some heroic Belhaven defence, which always resulted in a turn-over or penalty. On the other hand Belhaven could not put multiple phases together in attack and some quick thinking from a penalty saw St Mary's score just before the break with a well taken solo effort.

Half time score: Belhaven 0 - 4 St Mary's

Belhaven started the second half with superb intensity which saw some driving pick-and-gos from the back of the ruck. At the end of a sequence of these, Jack got his try. Unfortunately the kick was missed and the score was 4-3 to St Mary's. The match then went to-and-fro, both teams attacking with flair and defending resolutely. After one particularly strong tackle from Alexander, Theo looked for the intercept and got it, accelerating over the line between the posts. The kick was successful and Belhaven led for the first time 7-4.

To St Mary's great credit they showed determination to attack again with 6 minutes remaining and after a series of melee-like rucks close to the line, St Mary's came away with a try. There was still time in the game but not enough for Belhaven to get one more score.

Final score: Belhaven 7 - 8 St Mary's

This was a committed and determined display from this group of players with many individuals taking a leadership role and many players having their best game that I have seen. Speaking to the Head of St Mary's after the game we both agreed that the match was a credit to prep school rugby and a draw may have been a fairer result. While this is probably true, we tend to learn more from the bitterness of a loss and this group of players will learn from this loss and hopefully continue to make the outstanding progress that they have done all season.

Man of the match: For their ferocity in defence and driving attacking play Wilfred and Alexander share man of the match.