It was another challenging and hard-fought week for the Royal Hospital School rugby teams playing both at home and away.
Midweek RHS hosted Kings Ely. The U16Bs scored freely beating the visitors 54-3, Jack Dakin dominating all over the field. While the U16As also won 17-12 against a good Ely side. Lyam Thorpe once again proving his class and being named man-of–the-match.
The 3rd XV played Ely 1st XV and performed extremely well against some talented Ely players, however they were just beaten 19-15.
The U13As travelled to Hadleigh High School and faced a physically much larger side. 12-0 down at half time they rallied to score 19 unanswered points in the second half to win 19-12. Debutant Alex Oxley was man-of–the-match.
The U15A faced Culford away and pressed several `self-destruct` buttons to lose 19-15 in a disappointing display.
Saturday’s games were all against Colchester Royal Grammar School. The U14B team lost 29-15 with Scott Taylor and Ollie Leggett playing well. The A team faced a very strong and undefeated CRGS side. Huge efforts in defence meant that the game was close but CRGS ran out winners 10-0. Elliot Rayment playing well at centre.
A weakened U15B team went 32pts to Nil down with just 20 minutes remaining. RHS discovered their collective courage and astonishingly ran in 27pts which just fell short of a deserved draw. Francois Hildebrand was man-of-the-match.
The U15A team scored in the final play of a good game to win 14-10. Number 8 Charlie Ewen grabbing the headlines and Toby Allday once again giving an outstanding performance.
The U16As played well but lost 24-14 and need to work hard midweek to get their season rolling. The 2nds won 33-15 but showed signs of complacency. It was, however, good to see forwards and backs working well together and the side remains unbeaten this season.
After a slow error strewn start, the 1st XV hit top gear and demolished CRGS 57-12. Tries from good support play and a solid base allowed RHS to dominate much of the game. Pleasing performances from prop, Jeven Wright, and Matt Cantelo, now at number 8, were eclipsed by an outstanding attacking display from Dan Smith.