A busy final week at RHS which saw all fixtures played midweek against various schools in and around the area. It has been a successful first half term for RHS across all age groups with a 72% success ratio. Hopefully all sides can maintain their momentum and look to finish the season on a high; however they face a number of strong schools after the half term break.
12A v Woodbridge W 22-12
An entertaining game which saw RHS battle against a stubborn Woodbridge side in the first half. However, the addition of Ed Chapman in the 9/10 slot helped to steady the ship and direct play into the spaces created by the industrious forwards. William Day worked hard all game whilst Felix Arps-Peterson and Charlie Lewis-Booth continue to forge a formidable second row partnership. In the end RHS ran out deserved winners.
12B v Woodbridge W 29-0
RHS started the stronger and more organised of the two sides. The backs were well organised by Rowland Kerr with devastating pace on both wings and a destructive Jason Sims in the centre. It was a matter of time before the Woodbridge defence gave way to a Kenneth Chu try under the posts. Jason Sims added a handful of scores before the break with RHS leading 17-0 at half time. They were asked to set themselves the target of not dropping the ball in the second half, a task not achieved by many top flight teams. Nonetheless, the 12Bs stuck to their promise valiantly, and reduced their error count in the second half. Brilliantly captained by Sims and led well by Ayush Thapa at flanker in the forwards. Kerr kicked brilliantly from the tee to confirm an overall score of 29-0 at the final whistle.
13A v Woodbridge W 50-0
A comfortable win for the U13A side over Woodbridge despite turning round at half time only 19-0 up. The visitors could not cope with the hard running from the impressive Seb Palmer who scored some excellent tries. RHS rang the changes with Charlie France making his debut at number 8 and Ed Fairley in the driving seat at fly half. RHS combined well channelling physicality and some skilful play. This win topping a successful half terms set of results.
13B v Woodbridge W 51-5
Another sound performance from a junior team against a competitive Woodbridge side. In the end RHS proved too powerful a side for Woodbridge and ran in a number of clinical tries. The side combined pace, power and skill in equal amounts to run out comfortable winners. Captain Tom Young and fly half Alistair Day were singled out by Coach, Mr Coleman, for their efforts and leadership. Well done.
14A v Culford W 53-0
A resounding victory for the U14As to finish a mixed half term of results and performances. In torrential rain and blowing winds, the side played some expansive rugby and ran tries in from all areas of the pitch. RHS set the tone by scoring in the first minutes of the game with a length-of-the-field-Toby-Okechukwu try. Further tries were added throughout the second half even though a number of players were played out of position. Ethan Donovan proved his worth throughout the game with his tireless work in all areas of the pitch whilst Toby Braybrooke helped to control the game from fullback and scrumhalf. Nishan Ale enjoyed his A team debut whilst Conor Ryan continues to improve week by week. Promising signs are beginning to be shown by a team full of individual talent but they must now start to work together to achieve a common goal.
14B v Hadleigh High School. Postponed.
15A v New Hall L 0-60
Not a good day for the 15As unfortunately. They had talked themselves out of any chance of winning this match the night before. By the time the team finally started to show some fight they were 40 points down and it was too late. New Hall are unbeaten in what is a strong year group. A lesson to be learnt about mental toughness and self-belief! A disappointing result clearly but RHS are no doubt a good side that had a particularly ‘tough day at the office’. A chance now to rest over half term and come back with renewed enthusiasm and make amends for this defeat.
15B v New Hall W 47-5
RHS U15Bs continue to show great promise and strength against well organised opposition with some big attacking threats. The scoresheet was spread out across 7 different try scorers, from both backs and forwards. Toby Ruffles kicked 6 from 7 to edge the total well towards 50 points. The game was a new challenge for RHS and a few injuries sustained to Callum Hensby and Kieran Farrer disrupted the flow of the game. However, Scott Taylor made it as seamless as possible and Harry Chavasse was devastating in the middle, committing defenders and offloading well in attack. We were a little slow in defence and lacked that aggression in the tackle but all in all, another victory, and another job done. Half term has come at an opportune moment to recharge before the long away trip up to Gresham’s.
16A v Felsted W 29-12
An impressive victory in the end for a confident U16A side who really should have scored more. Felsted are one of the stronger sides on the circuit but RHS put a well drilled side to the sword and showed great intensity and maturity with a number of the senior players coming to the fore. The lineout worked particularly well with Charlie Ewen and Sam LeRoy dominating in the air. Charlie Kerr continues to marshal his forwards well and is able the distribute the ball to a well-oiled backline. Special mention must go to Robbie Elms for a length of the pitch try! The result was made all the more pleasing in light of the long injury list the side is currently facing.
16B v Felsted L 32-29
An agonising defeat for the Bs in what was a real back and forth fixture. Due to a number of injuries the side called up a number of inexperienced players for their B team debuts. And as expected, all individuals stepped up to the mark in true RHS style. Alfie Anderson and Xavier Knox Johnson were but a few making their debut and got stuck right in. In the end RHS were knocking down the door on Felsted but unfortunately ran out of time. Well done to all involved.
2nd XV v Felsted L 7-36
A tough game for the RHS 2nd XV in which they failed to take control and capitalise on any meaningful chances. The side kicked away useful position and therefore never really built pressure on a beatable Felsted side.
1st XV v Felsted L 10-34
An unfortunate loss against Felsted ended the 1st XVs unbeaten run. It started so positively for RHS who imposed their style of play on Felsted to go ahead 10-0 although the opposition scored an interception try to go in at half-time just 10-7 behind. Felsted dominated possession in the second half and RHS began to lose composure and play off difficult ball. In the end, Felsted ran in some well-worked tries and RHS allowed three soft interception tries by trying to force play in unpressurised positions. A disappointing loss but a number of lessons were learnt from a growing side who now look forward to setting the record straight up against Greshams after half term.
Congratulations to two RHS boys on their selection into the ISRFC (Lambs) U13 East Midlands squad. Three boys attended the trial at Orwell Park last Sunday. Luke Clark-Smith and Hamish Comonte were both successful and now go on to represent the East Midlands at Bilton Grange at the end of half term. Hamish who captains RHS U13 said ” this is quite a step up ” as the final session began with the best players from prep schools in the age group from all over the East Midlands.
Congratulations to Francois Rossouw who will play Eastern Counties U16 vs Herfordshire, Lyam Thorpe who represents Eastern Counties U18 vs Kent and George Butt who will play Essex U18 vs Hertfordshire.