Friday, 04 December 2020

Mixed fortunes for touring Shiplake sides

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE had mixed fortunes during their 15-day tour of South Africa.

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE had mixed fortunes during their 15-day tour of South Africa.

Coaches Sam Beckett, Tom Armstrong and Austin Kersey began their search for future first and second team players at Alan Zondagh’s Rugby Performance Centre when they joined the director in running a carousel of attack, defence and handling workshops.

A 19-0 defeat versus Somerset College, Stellenbosch, demonstrated that the workshops were essential. Shiplake showed promise in both attack and defence before falling to Somerset College’s power and cohesion. These foundations provided the basis for a 19-12 victory at Bergvliet High School. Dom Rice scored the first try of the tour with further tries from Joe Carey and Alex Ward clinching victory.

From the kick-off at York High School it was apparent that the hosts were intent on playing a fast and physical game. The hosts went on to win the game 31-7.

Taking lessons learnt on to the pitch at Knysna High School the forwards looked to play simple clinical rugby and the whole team united to produce some impressive attacking handling. In the dying minutes of the game the ball was moved swiftly and efficiently to enable winger Sam Shields to dive over into the corner to give Shiplake a 31-36 victory. In the final match Shiplake lost 14-7 to Witterdrift.

lShiplake College U16s suffered mixed fortunes during their pre-season matches at Bath.

The team played in a round robin tournament against Prior Park College and KCS Wimbledon. Shiplake recorded a 20-0 win against Prior Park College but followed it up with a narrow 5-0 defeat to KCS Wimbledon.

Notable tries were scored by both Zach and Callum Heppner-Logan, one of the two sets of twins in the U16 squad.

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