Match Report
Bloxham School Yearlings C vs  Malvern College
On: Saturday, 16 Sep 2017
Venue: at Home

The Yearling C team recorded their first victory of the season following an impressive performance against Malvern College. In a match made up of three thirds, Bloxham edged the first third by two tries to one following an impressive long range score from Peter Elliott, and a powerful try from Jamie Walton. The second third saw Bloxham increase their lead to 27-10 with tries from Reg Rosser, Oliver Lester and Will Howells and a conversion from Javier Miera Rodriguez. Reg showed an impressive turn of pace to run in from 40 yards, with Oliver showing good strength to get the ball down after it looked like he was going to be held up after the line. Will’s try was undoubtedly the try of the game; having turned over possession at the ruck Bloxham quickly spread the ball down the line, going through several pairs of hands before finding Will in space on the left wing to power over the line.

After a competitive first two thirds, Bloxham began to run away with the game in the final third; Yufan He impressed with his strong running in just his second ever rugby match running in two tries, and the scoring was completed with a length of the field try from Will Howells following a kick-off return.

There were a huge number of positives to take from the game, and the application and determination of the boys was clear to see. In the pack, Geronimo Neate-James put in a series of strong carries throughout the game, with Louis Kettle extremely quick to the breakdown. In the back row, Archie Golding and Bill Griffiths really grew into the game, with Bill Griffiths in particular putting in a series of good tackles.

The backs ran with increased depth increasing their attacking threat, with 9,10 and 12 combining effectively. Charlie Penfold supplied clean ball to Noah Goode at fly-half, whose elusive running posed difficulty for the Malvern defence, with Matthew Thompson’s offloading in the tackle contributing to several tries. Although the Bloxham wingers didn’t receive huge amounts of possession both Anan Dobbs and Dominic Baker defended well, with Dominic in particular putting in some strong covering tackles throughout the match.