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TWBS – 1st XV v Latymer Upper School - Sep 28, 2021

Saturday saw the home debut of the 1st XV for season 2021 against an organised Latymer Upper side.

The early exchanges from both teams saw a close contest develop between two well matched sides. Robust defence from both teams along with fierce competition for the ball after the tackle meant that neither side could really string together a number of phases in attack to really threaten to score and penalty counts for both sides started to rise. This was frustrating as the common problem of indiscipline by TWBS in defence was the only way Latymer were gaining any territory and possession in the game.  A nerve-settling kick at goal went through by Tom Coomber to put TWBS ahead before an exchange of converted tries had the score 10-7 at half time.

 

Sadly we lost Charlie Ticehurst to what would turn out to be a break in his wrist just on the stroke of half time, leaving just the bare 15 boys to get through the second half. An early (unconverted) try in the corner by Latymer gave them a 12-10 lead that they held onto for the opening exchanges in the second half. Better discipline in defence by TWBS saw frustration grow in the Latymer camp and better rucking in attack meant the halfback combination of Ollie Butler and Tom C were able to keep TWBS moving forward with the ball.

 

A second penalty kick was calmly slotted between the posts by Coomber that restored the Windsor lead (13-12) with just over a quarter of the game left to play, who were now reduced to 14 players not through indiscipline, but through injury. Again the Windsor defence held firm and the combination of strong carries around the fringes by the forwards and clever kicks behind the defence by Coomber gave TWBS great field position. With 15 minutes to play TWBS broke the shackles and Luke Austen crashed over the try line for a simple conversion by Coomber. From then on in there was only one winner. Year 11 Mark Venter keenly entered the field now his U16 game was finished to restore TWBS back to a full 15 and had an immediate impact with an assist for Max Evans to cross the line and then a debut try himself. 32-12 was a deserved winning score line for Windsor who, if defensive indiscipline can be curbed this season, have the ability to dominate games and score tries from anywhere!

Gareth Breen
Director of Sport