The rugby season begins with a variety of matches and a block fixture against Bishops Stortford.
The Junior 1st XV travelled to Orwell Park and drew 12-12 against a spirited Orwell team. This was a game that RHS should have easily won but squandered numerous chances.
All other games were against Bishops Stortford College. At home the U14C team had a rare outing and there were some school team debuts for several boys. The U14Bs drew 5-5 despite having much of the play and the U14A won 33-17 with some super running play, off-loading and support. Xavier Bull impressed in the loose and Harry Pugh contributed well to the score sheet.
The U15s were also at home where the Bs cruised to an emphatic 58-12 win. Sam LeRoy captained the team with aplomb and Freddie Braybrooke scored two tries and set up two more making him Man of the Match. The A team had a similar result winning 45-12 dominating in all facets of play. Man of the Match was Charlie Ewen.
The U16Bs won 33-5 with Kier Leeson and Will Falk both scoring twice. Elliot Davey was named Man of the Match for some determined runs in midfield.
The U16A worked hard throughout the game after having taken a 10 nil lead with two tries by captain Lyam Thorpe. Bishops Stortford countered well and were 19-10 up at half time. Tiredness allowed the opposition to score three more tries, with the final score finishing at 36-10.
The 2nds won 17-5 but made hard work of beating an inferior side. Nico Fischer and Charlie Boci scored late tries to seal a deserved victory. Ollie sellers had a pleasing game at scrum half whilst the pack as a whole gave Bishops Stortford very little chance to dominate.
The 1st XV lost 21-5 in a game where RHS had the upper hand in many areas but some poor decision-making and lack of control of the ball cost them dearly. Three tries to one flattered the opposition and a perfectly executed back row move near the end of the match put Dan Jones in the corner showing what RHS were capable of. Captain, Dan Smith, made some powerful metres through the middle of Bishops Stortford’s defence, particularly during the latter stages of the match while new first team recruits, Alex Rayment and Ben Kellend, had excellent debuts.