Match Report
Truro School Boys-U15A vs  Blundell's School
On: Saturday, 29 Sep 2018
Venue: Away

7th heaven or 3rd time in Devon? For me it was the latter as for the 3rd time in a week I travelled across the border for the game against Blundells. With the sun shining it was time to adjust my personal score to rain 1 sunshine 2. Devon can look rather lovely without rain clouds.

The coach pulled into Blundells with the team in good spirits and this week we had more than 15 available, which was nice. With a fantastic crowd of people watching and beautiful scenery surrounding the pitch, the game kicked off. A contrast of 2 styles, with Truro strong at retaining possession and Blundells defending well and being lethal on the counter. 3 quick scores for Blundells all came from Truro possessions in the Blundells 22. Truro had been warned early that the Blundells backs were electric. A balanced 10 minutes followed as both teams sought to pile on the pressure. Again Blundells moved the ball quickly and more scores seemed inevitable. However, the outstanding Joe Moran, Kit Le Froy and Finn Mcdonald had other ideas and all three chased the length of the field 4 times to stop certain scores. Noa Rudlin got Truro on the board after an excellent maul from Truro, breaking off to streak over the try line. The conversion from Toby French striking the left hand upright. A few cases of not listening to team mates (something I'm sure parents can relate to) ensured there would be no further scores from Truro. Half time Blundells 21 Truro 5.

After the half time talk, Truro concentrated on standing wider and trusting their ability to move the ball with width and pace. Some excellent rugby from Truro was thwarted with a few blunders that Blundells gladly accepted to increase the lead. Heads never dropped and the quality of rugby was lifted. Noa Rudlin with some quick thinking from a tap penalty, bulldozed across the line. The conversion from Toby French this time hit the crossbar. Realising that actually, they are quite good, Truro played a brand of rugby that for the next 5 minutes was perfect. It's just a shame the game is 60 minutes long. Another quick tap penalty from Mr Rudlin garnered a penalty and the ball was kicked to the corner. A strong drive of 10 metres was added to when Charlie Brocklebank split off and charged for the line. Stopped inches short, the forwards graciously let the backs have a turn. With quick ball and quicker hands, the ball was spun across the line with Kit Le Froy touching down in the corner. A fantastic team score that had both sets of reporters clapping in admiration and one that left their coach beaming from one big ear to the other. With Mr French deciding the game was gone, opted to complete his hat-trick and casually struck the ball against the right hand post. At least that was what I assumed...

Never to be bad sports, Truro let the hosts have the last word with Blundells scoring with the last play of the game.

A great game from both sides played in the right spirit. Importantly from a coach's perspective, lessons were learnt and problems were solved by the players themselves. Perhaps more important was the feedback I received from the opposition coach's and parents about the conduct and character of the U15's. A loss, a trip to Devon (again) but a great day.

Player of the match : The whole team. Outstanding commitment from all.

Mr D Sanderson