Week commencing 26 November 2018
Friday 23 November
U11A v Queen's College, Taunton - lost 15 - 35 (Tom Bryne (2) and Jake Dunstan (1))
"This proved to be a very hard afternoon’s rugby for the U11A team. Two factors, other than just how good the opposition were, worked against us," said Mr Pidwell.
"One was missing (due to injury) Alex Vosper, our playmaker extraordinaire and two was losing the toss. The boys struggled in heavy conditions playing up hill in the first half.
"This helped the opposition to gain 4 tries to 1 and get “their tails up.” The team thought hard in the second hall, assisted by the slope, but could not catch up the momentum gathered by the opposition in the first half.
"That said, Queen's were the better team on the day and deserved to win. I was proud of our boy’s resilience and how they never gave up. We fought hard at the break down but again this is an area of the game we will need to continue to develop.
"I would like to mention are “unsung heroes” today. This being the boys who all season have worked tremendously hard, winning the ball and setting up the tries for others to carry over the line. Acting Captain, Jed Smith, had another great game, as did William McCleod, Tom Lambert and Gus Lovell. Jed and William, in particular, kept on battling and led by example. A game to learn by."
U11B v Queen's College, Taunton - lost 15 – 60 (Oliver Rochester, Aidy Wilson, Seb Charlton-Anne)
"It was a fairly chastening first half for the boys, as we conceded eight tries without reply," said Mr Ashman.
"However, we rallied at half-time, determined to improve our ball retention and performance at the breakdown. The boys responded really well and we managed to score three tries; two were superb breakaways by Oliver Rochester and Aidy Wilson and the third was a well worked move from the breakdown finished off by Seb Charlton-Anne.
"Joshua Hwang deserves a special mention for a particularly committed display and for usually being first to the breakdown.
"The boys deserve great credit for sticking to the task and not throwing in the towel’. We now look forward to our last game of the season against Trinity next Friday."
U10A v Queen's College, Taunton - lost 5 - 10 (Harry Gray)
“In the final match of the season, I felt that the team played its finest rugby of the year against a strong Queen’s team of very similar ability," said Mr Wood.
"I think all involved felt a draw would have been the right result, and at 5 – 5 with a couple of minutes to go, it looked like that would be the case. However, an unfortunate injury to Jacob Hardy, who had had a big game until that point, meant he had to retire from the competition and this made the difference.
"Result aside, I found much to be delighted with in this performance; the handling was exquisite and some of the offloads and jinking runs were superb, drawing gasps of approval from both sets of spectating parents.
"Josh Paget was
at the heart of everything in the loose and he kept the team driving forward,
even getting over the line for what could have been a crucial try, but it was unfortunately,
if correctly, ruled out. The boys played with great spirit and were superb in
defence, too; they needed to be against bigger and more powerful boys, and I
struggle to remember a missed tackle in the 40 minutes of play.
"James O'Connell was fearlessly brave in this department all match. So well done, boys, and thank you for entertaining your parents, Mr Pote and me with your skills all season. I predict great things for this bunch of players, who just seem to get better each week.”
U10B v Queen’s College, Taunton - won 25 – 10 (Alexander Ludman, Samuel Morgan 2, Sebastian Hemmings, Ollie Johnson)
"A great game to watch and from which the whole team can draw a number of real positives and praise," said Mr Bland.
"Team spirit was excellent, coupled with a determined and sustained effort and a good deal of skill, which proved too much for the opposition.Whilst it was a close encounter in the first half, we always kept one step ahead.
"The second half saw us draw away as confidence grew, with the final score line a true reflection of a match well won. Captain Otis Challen was fearless in both the tackle and always getting over the gain line, able supported by Rufus Lovell and Tom Gordon Lennox, pouncing on much of the loose ball.
"Freddie Cann, Frankie Harreld and Tom O’Connor used their drive and good positional play to set up a number of attacks, with Samuel Morgan, Ollie Johnson and Alexander Ludman using their pace to finish off a number of slick moves.
"Perhaps the most rewarding try went to Sebastian Hemmings, who much to his own surprise and delight, ran the whole length of the pitch to score in the corner, sealing a really great performance all round. Well done, boys!"
"It was touch and go with regards to the yellow weather warning if the match was going to be on or not!" said Miss Wright.
"Thankfully the heavens were kind to us and a very successful afternoon of hockey took place for the U8 girls hockey team. Captained by Isla Gray, the girls got off to a flying start scoring a goal early on due to some strong and tough play from Issy Wills.
"As the game continued Sophia Liu demonstrated her dynamic approach to the game by making some brilliant tackles and passes up the line. At half time it was still 1-0 to Exeter School.
"The girls came out strong again and started to use the space more constructively. Another great performance came from Isabelle Johnson creating some brilliant play in the centre of the pitch resulting in a second goal being scored for Exeter School.
"Well done to the whole team for such a positive match day experience."