Another glorious day but the boys were treated to a bit of a lie in after the exertions of yesterday.
The U14s had an intense training session with Mr Hardman and Mr Chadwick while the U13s rested in anticipation of two games against fellow touring side Belmont School from North London.
Knowing this would be a tough game, the boys were ready and eager to get stuck in however, a poor start led to Belmont scoring in the first minute to take a 7-0 lead. This seemed to wake RHS up who began to gain a hold of the game with organised and resolute defence forcing Belmont into errors. A lapse in concentration allowed Belmont to score in the first minute of the second half putting RHS in difficult position but some outstanding defence saw our boys work their way up the pitch to result in a try from Toyo Ogunlesi and the score at 12-7. With one play left, RHS had to catch the kick off and return without any mistakes if they were take a result away from this enthralling encounter. And so they did, resulting in a try under the posts from Charlie Miles taking the score to 12-12! A successful kick would win the game but unfortunately it was not to be with the ball hitting the upright. In the end a fair result with Belmont having the majority of the ball.
Following this particularly physical and demanding game, a changed U13 team played the Belmont B side (with the Russian U19 side watching on!). Both teams played well but great endeavour and effort by the RHS boys resulted in a showcase finish 26-10 and a tremendous end to a great tour.
On our last evening there were awards for some of the stars of the tour. Tom Saunders was nominated the most valuable player and Tom Ponsonby the most improved player. Other prizes included….