Match Report
St James Senior Boys' School Boys-U15A vs  Dauntsey's School
On: Friday, 18 Jan 2019
Venue: at Home

There is a term in sports psychology called 'Peak Flow' that all sports people aspire to achieve where the tennis ball becomes as big as a beach ball, where it seems that there is a form of telepathy going on within teams and where every thing a player touches turns to gold. There were times last Friday where the U15 Rugby team weren't far off achieving this.

In front of the entire pupil body, most of the staff and a large parental presence this group of young men finally pulled together, put in place a simple yet effective game plan and fought for every inch for every second of the game. And the result was impressive.

Two quick tries from Lovell and Wiseman settled the early nerves and the Saints moved through the gears putting Dauntsey's under considerable pressure in both attack and defence, retaining possession, rolling through the phases and creating the space for Savage, Cook and Lovell to shred the visitors, allowing Lovell to complete his hat-trick and essentially put the game to bed.

In the past, this has been where this team has lost their heads and allowed the opposition back into the game but this time the boys were resolute - this was going to be their day.

The visitors scored first after half time but any thought of a comeback was swiftly quashed with some powerful running from the pack, breaking down the defence and allowing Wong to cut through the middle, scoring from range. Godwin added his second conversion of the day to stretch the lead to 29-5.

In the last few phases Dauntsey's grabbed a consolation try but this was by far the most well rounded, consistent performance of this team's career at St James and a piece of work that they should be proud of.

They will now have The Judd School in the Quarter Finals of the National Bowl and will have another opportunity of achieving the elusive status of 'Peak Flow'.