The new rugby season started with matches against local rivals Carshalton Boys School. Up first were the Year 10s (banner photo, above). In a fiercely physical and competitive encounter, both teams looked like they had lost nothing over the summer break, with the intensity and skill level both very impressive. A cagey first half saw the half time score at one try apiece.
The second half was more open, and free-flowing rugby was on display. The ever-influential Limo was excellent in both attack and defence, making a couple of try-saving tackles. Ethan was pace personified, electric with ball in hand and scoring two important tries. Eric stepped up physically and was a real menace around the ruck.
In a match that went all the way to the last play, Wilson's emerged victorious by 17-10. An excellent first performance.
The Year 8s travelled the short journey to play against the same opposition. Last season this proved to be a very challenging fixture; however, the improvements made throughout the year were there for all to see. A very even opening fifteen minutes saw Wilson's match up in both the physical and skill aspects. However, some lapses late on meant we went into half time four tries down.
The second half started with real intensity and captain Philip crashed over for a well-deserved score. More chances came with the dependable Howard and live-wires Alex and Praneel proving a real nuisance. Player of the Match was Dorian on his debut appearance, showing he has real potential.
Whilst the match was lost, the performance and improvements, along with the potential in this team, are very exciting, and it can definitely be nurtured as the season progresses. Next up: Caterham, next Tuesday. Well done to all who represented.