Match Report
St James Senior Boys' School Boys-U14A vs  The Crypt School
On: Friday, 17 Sep 2021
Venue: Away

The boys set of from St James boys on Friday 17th September with plenty of excitement, it has after all been 2 seasons since the boys were allowed to tour last.

We soon arrived at our accommodation and headed straight out for our first game against The Crypt Grammar. It was the perfect start to tour, whereby the boys trained attack and defence against the opposition before taking them on in a full 40 minute game.

The U15’s continued their impressive winning streak (3 years unbeaten) out scoring the opposition 4 tries to 1 (26-7). Isaac Kushlik scoring the first try on debut, with the pick of the tries being the last when Alfie Cook delightfully chipped a ball over the top to Alex Kourtis who was able to gather and finish.

Man of the match: Bodhi Fennell.

The U14’s had a slightly tougher test playing a side who themselves had not lost more than one game over the past 3 seasons. Despite going down 6 tries to nil, the boys learnt a lot and got plenty out of the game. A standout performer being Will Scothorn who tirelessly chopped down their biggest runners.

Man of the match: Will Scothorn

The day was capped off by watching the Bristol vs Saracens game at a packed Ashton Gate Stadium. It was a great opportunity to see some top level rugby played and the boys enjoyed meeting some of the players.

Saturday was no less busy the boys enjoying a day out at the Cotswold Water Park and beach, followed by a high end lunch at La Malmaison in Cheltenham. With hunger curbed for a few hours, we headed to Teamsport Go Karting in Bristol to see who would come out as king of the track, Mr Radloff the pick of the racers.

On Sunday morning we headed down to Henley RFC for the final games of the tour. The U14’s played a strong Henley side and despite being 2 tries all at half time, eventually went down 5 tries to 2. The U15’s also had a tough game against Henley narrowly loosing 21-14. Their second game of the day against Reading RFC was another close one, St James this time coming out on top 20-17 thanks to a penalty kick from Alfie Cook in the last play of the game.

U14 Man of the match: Gabriel Dale

U15 Man of the match: Alex Kourtis

Overall, it was a great tour, the boys represented the school really well and should be pleased with their efforts. I would like to personally thank Mr Wassell, Mr Jeffreys, Mr Davies and Mr Radloff for their efforts during the tour as without them the trip would not have been possible.

Up the Saints!

Mr Hitchcock