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Rugby Match Report

It was Wilson's 1st XV's first game of the new decade: Wallington derby. It was a cold, wet Wednesday afternoon, but nonetheless the team walked out of the changing rooms ready for the challenge ahead. They started slowly, trying to adapt to the opposition that we faced, identifying their strengths and weaknesses. We broke the defensive line of the opposition numerous times. However, we were unable to convert these scoring opportunities into points. Wallington Grammar made a few opportunities on the wings and scored multiple times in the first half. This presented two challenges and one question for the Wilson's side. How to deal with the gaps in our defensive line and the kicking game which Wallington had chosen to adopt. The big question: whether to drop our heads or power on. After a strong team talk at half time, we chose the latter.

Despite the score-line, we came out flying in the second half. A perfectly timed run by Alfie (Y12) allowed him to break the line and score directly under the posts. Defensive sets from Marcus and Dan (both Y13) prevented Wallington from increasing their lead. The team began to implement some of the plays we had been tirelessly working on with Ollie B (Y12) controlling the back line from the number ten position and supersubs Jin Woo and Arty. (both Y11). An excellent kick from Alfie gave Ollie F (Y12) the opportunity to score in the corner. We were fighting back. After the restart we began to use the forward pod system to drive the ball over the gain line in subsequent phases with big carrying coming from Sam (Y11), Oliver B (Y11), Josh (Y13) and Marcus (Y13) until we had Wallington pinned on their try line. A poacher's pick-and-go from Alec (Y12) pulled us ahead, but against the run of play Wallington were able to make a break and score. 19-20 to the visitors. Although we were down one point, we refused to let our heads drop. It was time to bring our final supersub Kit (Y12) after a season blighted with injury so far to stabilise the team. In the last play of the game after applying continuous pressure, the Wallington defence cracked as Ollie B made a big hit forcing a turnover and allowing Alfie to score right under the posts. The final whistle blew and the score was 26-20 to Wilson's.

This game was momentous for the first team and we are hoping to carry on this form throughout the new year.

First XV Captain, James (Year 12)
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