Tuesday, 09 August 2022

Shiplake triumph

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE sides got off to a good start to the season with four wins and just one defeat.

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE sides got off to a good start to the season with four wins and just one defeat.

The Shiplake College U15A team narrowly defeated Claires Court U15A 12-10. Shiplake spent much of the first half tackling, leaving the score 0-0 at half-time.

The second half started with a try for the opposition, which served to galvanise the Shiplake team and they responded with a try of their own. A penalty to Claires Court made the score 10-5, and in the closing minutes of the game Shiplake scored a converted try to win the match.

Shiplake College U15B defeated Claires Court U15B 14-12. Starting the game slowly, Shiplake conceded an early try as the opposition winger powered through from 40 metres.

With tackling starting to improve and four phases of rucking, Shiplake were awarded a penalty near the opponents’ line.

The second half started with some sloppy defence and poor decision making, allowing the opposition to score again. However, a try from Josh O’Hare and a conversion from Dom Hance meant Shiplake triumphed.

The Shiplake College U14A team had a convincing 43-22 win over Lord Wandsworth U14A. Rory Diez Harrison opened proceedings with a try before both sides exchanged blows and matched each other. As the half progressed two further tries from Diez Harrison and one from Jerome Rocks saw Shiplake lead 24-17 at half-time.

Going into the second half, Shiplake asserted themselves both physically and tactically, committing fewer players to the offensive breakdown which saw them ease to victory.

Following this victory Shiplake College U14A then thrashed Claires Court U14A 38-0.

With some promising passages of play, the Claires Court side began to flag and Shiplake soon ran in two scores from Barney Rivett and Rocks. With the score 12-0 at half-time, Shiplake began to turn the ball over with some fine offloads as they eased to victory.

The only loss came when Shiplake College 1sts went down to a 40-7 defeat against touring Australian side Ignatius Park College.

This was the visitors’ first match on their UK tour as they raced into a 33-0 half-time lead.

Despite some strong defending in the second half, the visitors held on to secure a resounding win.

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