Match Report
St James Senior Boys' School Boys-U15A vs  St George's College, Weybridge
On: Wednesday, 03 Oct 2018
Venue: Away

St James U15 squad travelled the relatively short hop over the river Thames to take on local rivals St George’s Weybridge in the first round of the Nat West Vase.

the squad were focussed and single minded going into the kick off and dominated the early exchanges of what was clearly going to be a physical and evenly matched affair.

Much of the first 10 minutes was a masterclass of organised, skilful rugby with St James probing the hosts for weaknesses and looking for chinks in their defensive armour. In defence St James were dominant with excellent line speed led by Kourtis and Cook allowing dominant hits in the midfield by our centres, turning over possession on numerous occasions.

After 15 minutes of some seriously physical play, the pressure cooker burst and the home number 8 was sent from the field by the referee giving the Saints a 1 man advantage that they quickly took advantage of building pressure until Gero crossed under the posts with Godwin converting. 7-0 St James at half time.

the second half was more of the same: two evenly matched teams trying to find a way through the others startlingly good defence.

It was a change of tactics by the hosts that gave the first breakthrough of the half with an outstanding chip and chase being collected cleanly to score with the conversion levelling things with 10 minutes to go.

A little change of direction from the Saints attack caught St George’s off guard at the kick off and several tight pick and go plays drove the Saints deep into the hosts 22 and forcing a penalty, duly converted by the trusty boot of Godwin to take the score to 10-7.

The intensity of this encounter never abated and both teams refused to roll over with St George’s gaining in momentum, battering at the St James defence and eventually creeping over in the corner, giving the hosts the lead for the first time in the game.

it was a lead that they were never going to relinquish despite St James working themselves up the field and getting to within 10 meters of the St George’s line. The full time whistle came just too early for this heroic team but no one can be faulted for their effort and there really cannot be any regrets.

A scout from Harlequins (who is also part of the England 7’s set up) was watching the game and commented that it was the most committed and organised performance he had seen all season and even took Mr Wassell’s email address as he was so interested in two or three of the boys.

this was a performance of epic proportions and should be fondly remembered by all involved.