1st XV vs Ipswich School (D 18-18)
A midweek fixture on a blustery day vs local rivals, Ipswich School, was always going to be a tough game with injuries mounting for the home side. In the end, it took a gutsy performance from RHS to claw back a draw against an enthusiastic and combative Ipswich side. In a below par performance, RHS struggled to maintain possession and hold field position. However they went in at half time with the lead after a fine try from Josh Allday. The second half proved difficult for RHS with Ipswich not allowing RHS to build any meaningful possession. In the end the away side were able to reduce the deficit and go ahead. Eventually after some sustained pressure from Tom Miller, RHS was able pull 3 points back and draw the scores level. A fair reflection in the end and congratulations must go to Ipswich for a strong performance.
1st XV vs The Leys (L 28-24)
The final home game for a number of the upper sixth meant this fixture held particular importance for RHS. Especially as the side went into the game unbeaten at home this season. However, The Leys came into the match showing real intent and went ahead early on after a fine break from the fly-half. A constant thorn in RHS’ side. It eventually took two moments of magic from Toby Eaton to really set the game alight after two long range individual tries. This meant RHS went in at half time 17-10 up. In a yo-yo second half RHS scored a free flowing try finished by Jessie Vogel after working their way out of the 22 with a number of backs and forwards combining. However, this was to be one a handful of visits to The Leys 22 as RHS struggled to get out of their own half with the opposition using conditions to their advantage. In the end the pressure told and a deserved try and late penalty put the game out of reach. Congratulations must go to the The Leys for a superb display.
2nd XV vs Ipswich School (D 17-17)
A ding-dong encounter in which RHS will feel they should have taken in the end. In a game that struggled to flow, RHS weren’t able to maintain possession and in the end capitalise on good possession. A lesson to be learnt here for a growing RHS side.
2nd XV vs The Ley’s (L 7-28)
A larger side beat the determined 2nd XV. Despite periods of possession and territory, a lack of cutting edge has led to points being hard to come by. Will Falk and Michael Edwards were tireless on the flank, whilst Josh Mellors and Anush Rana continued to make progress in a tough fixture.
3rd XV vs The Leys (W 38-5)
The 3rd XV continued their unbeaten run, taking them to 2nd in the country for 3rd XV performances thus far. The 3rds had an almost brand new line up, with some remaining faces ensuring the champagne rugby ethos is retained. RHS scored first through Matt Brown, dancing over the line, and continued to impart pressure on their opponents. Congratulations to Will Hassall who scored a first try despite not training all season with the 3rd XV.
U16As vs Ipswich School (W 42-10)
The U16s had a slow start against Ipswich School with some decision making not being as clinical as usual. Francois Roussow scored a hat trick of tries to take the scoreline away from Ipswich School, whilst allowing the squad to rotate and give some fringe players an opportunity to make an appearance.
U16As vs The Leys (W 17-12)
In a highly physical encounter the Leys picked and drove efficiently in the first half and took a narrow lead 7-5 to half time. The conditions were greasy and not conducive to effective handling but, that said, we had a number of clear chances to run in some tries but failed to execute the final pass. If we had taken these the result would have been more comfortable. The boys gathered focus at half time and set about nullifying the opposition’s only weapon; their forward pack. The RHS forwards must be commended on the way they stepped up and put the opposition back helping us to gain the ascendancy in the match. This gave the team chances to score and ultimately a 17-12 win.
16Bs vs The Leys (L 17-29)
RHS found themselves losing 12-0 early on having never got out of their own half. We then established a position from the kick-off and a forward drive led by Drew Florence resulted in him scoring by the posts. Saxby converted. Two tries, one by Saxby, were then shared to make the half time score 17-12. Straight from the kick-off Adam Clough fielded the ball, made some yards, before off-loading to Madison Claridge. Madison ran 60 metres breaking tackles and out-sprinting the cover defence to score in the corner. At 17-17 the game hit a stalemate as neither side managed to break defences. An interception gave Leys their first real chance of the half and they duly converted to lead 24-17. A desperate effort to get back into the game followed and despite many breaks from Saxby and Oliver the final defence was not breached. We then lost the ball mid-field in the last minutes, a scrum 5 for the Leys saw their number 8 score in the corner to make the score unrepresentative of the game. A diminutive back-row of Alfie Anderson, Gregor Campbell and Tom Heley (first game since yr 8!) showed that this had been an exceptional effort to be so close throughout.
U15As vs The Leys (W 36-22)
A good win for the U15As against a competent Leys side. The boys played some very good rugby, producing fast ball from the ruck and keeping the ball alive at the breakdown. However failure to be clinical kept the Leys in the match with the boys gifting them 15 points. The final score was 36-22 with man of the match going to Zach Puckey who had an excellent game both in attack and defence.
U15Bs vs The Leys (W 33-10)
The U15Bs faced their toughest opponents to date away to a competent Leys side. RHS took a battering in the first 5 minutes and found themselves uncharacteristically trailing 0-5. The willingness to come back from a losing position set them apart from their opposition. RHS immediately set off in pursuit of a score to level things up, and converted to take the lead. The see-saw nature of the fixture saw The Leys score a fantastic chip over the top of the back line and chased the ball to the try line to score. Once again, RHS didn’t let them have the lead for long, and we scored very quickly after to nullify any possible momentum. Eventually, the match swung in our favour, excellent defence, coupled with attacking prowess allowed RHS to stretch the lead out to 33-10 and take the win at the end of the game. Pietro Vendettelli was the Man of the Match in an excellent performance on the wing.
U13A vs South Lee (W 57-0)
A promising victory here for RHS against a young South Lee side; who are sure to develop. However, in the end RHS were too much for the opposition who battled throughout but power, pace and skill told as RHS notched up a convincing score. More pleasing, however, was the defence and work rate shown by RHS and to see some new faces get a run out for the A side having performed well in the Bs in recent weeks.
U12A vs South Lee (W 72-10)
A fine team performance by the U12As led to an emphatic win over South Lee. Eddie Le Roy was clinical over the whitewash, with 4 scores, whilst individual brilliance from Oletunde Mkparu and Theo Cripps in the act of scoring were highlights. All in all, a good win, down to a solid team performance where structure in an expansive game paid dividends, coupled with selflessness throughout.
Junior Intra-House Tournament
A good showing for the junior boys in their annual intra-house rugby 10s competition. All 4 groups competed well and demonstrated some pleasing technical skills combined with a great deal of passion. Notable performances were from the Corcoran brothers Finn and Conall, Seb Palmer, Winston Squires and Josh Waylett. Team spirit won the day. However results based on scores saw a powerful Chichester team run out comfortable winners.