Rugby U15 V Bishop Stopford
23rd November 2017
Pitsford U15 bounced straight back from last week's disappointment with the most thrilling game of the season to date.
An even start to the game saw both sides playing some excellent Rugby and moving the ball around the field well. Bishop were first to break the deadlock and crossed for their first score as Pitsford's first up tackling wasn't quite what it should be. Bishop played well to exploit this flaw in the Pitsford game and kept their attack tight generating good forward momentum. This soon saw Bishop increased their lead to 12-0.
Pitsford were thought to have answered back with an undeniable try, at first awarded, but then the incredibly sporting actions of Jacob O honestly reported to the referee that he in fact had not grounded the ball properly - superb honesty and sportsmanship on show from Jacob.
Pitsford then eventually answered back with an undeniable try, lining up to move a penalty left to the big ball carriers but instead flipping blind play through the hands of Lewis G and then George C before Robert C expertly wriggled his way over in the corner. 12-5.
Bishop came back on the charge and again exploited some weak tackling. At this point Joe O and Nick P were now demonstrating to the team the correct approach to defence and without their efforts, Pitsford may well have trailed by more. This concluded the half with a 19-5 lead for Bishop.
The second half saw Pitsford spring into action and again like last week they played with much more determination. Their efforts were not without reward and they soon pulled back to 19 all. Now the game had everything and both sides were pushing hard in every aspect, exciting the small but supportive crowd mounting on the side lines.
Bishop not to be outdone here scored 2 excellent tries down the left wing, playing some attractive rugby and in doing so, converted both to take back a lead of 29-19.
In true fighting spirit Pitsford just didn't believe they were beaten and fought back for another score, unconverted 29-24. This set up the most exciting and thrilling of finishes.
The team lost Noah S at this point to the blood bin - testament to the excellent effort he was making in defence with last ditch tackles. The whole squad was now being called upon again to close the game out.
Bishop on the charge again moved the ball to the right for their dangerous inside centre to grab another score for himself, some excellent Bishop play through their handling and he was over and about to ground the ball when… Jayden B in true Winston Churchill spirit just hadn't given in on what looked a certain Bishop score, inches before he had grounded the ball. He had in quite unorthodox and remarkable fashion, somehow (which most couldn't work out how), expertly made the most amazing of tackles behind the line and fully turned the Bishop player to prevent him grounding the ball for what surely would've been the winning score. Again a great example of Sportsmanship the Bishop 12 rose from the tackle and patted Jayden on the back and went to shake his hand, in recognition of the expertise in the tackle.
With just 90 seconds to play it still looked like Bishop would come away here with the victory, but somehow Pitsford broke their way all the way downfield and got maybe a little lucky with a Bishop error, giving them an attacking scrum just inside the Bishop 22.
Last play was called and Pitsford went for it and in true Captain style, Tyler S under the posts for 29-29,a breathless and amazing finish and maybe a fairer score. This wasn't the end though and more drama was still to follow through with injuries and substitutions. Pitsford now didn't have a kicker on the field and looked alarmingly around for someone to take the pressured kick, with plenty of reservation and responsibility fell onto the skipper Tyler S.
With everybody watching in suspense and anticipation he smashed the ball and although it wasn't quite cleanly struck it just hung on the sneak over for a monumental victory 31-29 to Pitsford.
Some excellent performances and a huge team effort but Joe O was awarded the Man of the Match after a consistent whole game from the Pitsford forward.