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Brave effort by RPA in first Union game

posted 19 Sep 2014, 01:17 by Web Admin   [ updated 19 Sep 2014, 01:20 ]
Richmond SSP Rugby Union Competition 
Thursday 18 September 

Teddington School 44 Richmond Park Academy 14 

Report by Mr Costello 

A rugby ball
The freshly cut RPA field played host to a brutal game of rugby between the Year 10 rugby team and visitors Teddington. RPA were playing their first ever game of Union, having cut their rugby teeth on the 13-a-side (and my preferred) version of the game in lessons and borough competitions last year. At first glance, the scoreline could deceive a reader into thinking that the match was a stroll in the park for the visitors; in fact, this could not be further from the truth.

Teddington received the kick off and kept the ball for at least ten phases of play, but the hosts threw all but the kitchen sink at their foes with a series of ferocious one on one and gang tackles, including bone rattlers by Ethan, Qerim and Kyron that made my ears ring on the sideline! RPA's inexperience at the breakdown resulted in Teddington being able to recycle the ball uncontested, and whenever RPA eventually forced a turnover, they surrendered possession at the first ruck. Even with this imbalance in possession, Tainton, Kyron and Taimur showed glimpses of what was to come in the second half. This possession eventually paid off for Teddington, and their two excellent county level players combined to score several excellent tries to open up a 19-point lead at half time.

The half time break was coaching 101 from Mr Tyson, Mr Giblin and Mr Costello and the message was to go out and win the second half. RPA again came flying out of the blocks with Alfie scoring an excellent try and Kryon showing a neat step and a clean pair of heels after Teddington had responded with a classy effort of their own. RPA again ratcheted up the defence with some very solid hits but couldn't quite keep enough possession to close the gap before the final whistle sounded. Teddington were deserved winners, but will certainly be battered and bruised tomorrow morning.

The staff involved were extremely proud of the team's commitment, courage and sportsmanship and are looking forward to watching them develop over the upcoming weeks. With the likes of Tim to come back into the team they will be a very dangerous team come rugby league time!

Thanks to those staff and students who came down to watch!

TEAM: Qerim, Mason, Daniel, Alex, Josh, Ethan, Deolu, Alban, Tainton, Geovanni, Ahmad, Hashim, Taimur, Kyron, James