Match Report
Bloxham School 1st XV vs  Abingdon School
On: Wednesday, 29 Sep 2021
Venue: at Home

Bloxham School 10, Abingdon School 5 (National Schools Cup, Round 1)

A hard-fought encounter ended with Bloxham advancing to the second round of the Cup thanks to a 10-5 victory over Abingdon School. Bloxham had the advantage of a strong but unpredictable wind in the first half, and in truth will have been disappointed to reach the interval only 5-0 up through a try by Felix Hunt. Several other scoring chances were wasted, and when Abingdon scored early in the second half after slick handling in the backs, it seemed likely that they would push on to victory. Ultimately, the score remained 5-5 for most of the rest of the game, but with the away team looking like going through, a beautifully judged kick downfield by Ben England was gathered by Calum Tarbit, who smartly offloaded to Tom Lockhart. Bloxham hung on for the last few, tense minutes, with England exerting much-needed control through his kicking from hand. Tarbit followed up his man of the match performance on Saturday with another excellent display, while full back Paddy Sturla was outstanding and richly deserved his man of the match award, which helped Bloxham to a fine victory.

SJB