Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Long bags brace as Shiplake College shine under Dry Leas lights

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE overcame a hesitant start to defeat Merchant Taylors’ under the floodlights at Dry Leas last week.

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE overcame a hesitant start to defeat Merchant Taylors’ under the floodlights at Dry Leas last week.

Shiplake missed a penalty early on while Merchant Taylors’ hit an upright. When Shiplake gave away a penalty, Merchant Taylor’s put together a number of strong phases to gain territory. Another penalty gave their number five the opportunity to charge when Shiplake were slow to react and his try was converted to give the visitors a 7-0 lead.

Bodie Deane brought Shiplake back into the game when the number eight picked up from the base of the scrum and charged over the try line, carrying two defenders with him. Toby Howe levelled the scores with his conversion.

With confidence rising Fili Savou and Jake Long made a number of good runs. Fielding a kick into Shiplake’s half, Long gathered the ball, beat a trail of despairing defenders and touched down to put the hosts 14-7 ahead at half-time.

In the second half Savou was first to react to some scrappy play in the visitors’ 22 as both teams failed to cling on to possession. Savou gathered, sprinted and scored.

Howe saw space and kicked for man-of-the-match Long to chase where he capitalised on a defensive error for his second try of the match.

Savou sealed an emphatic win for Shiplake when substitute scrum-half Billy Sayers opted to feed Howe on the blindside and Savou scorched over the white wash for his second try.

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