TIFS 32 – 15 Ryde School
Yesterday, the U15 rugby team played their first game of the season, a home fixture against Ryde School. TIFS had a strong start, holding the ball for long periods of play. After composed play and powerful running from our boys, Ryde’s discipline faltered slightly which allowed Charlie M to take the opportunity to score for 5 from the back of a scrum. Tom C then added the extras with the conversion, bringing the score to 7-0.
Then, after swift running past three defenders from Louie W and brilliant passing from Jack T, Charlie took the glory again with his 2nd try of the game. Another fantastic kick from Tom C brought the score to 14-0.
TIFS’ 3rd try came about from excellent support play from Eli T, Tobi W and Jack C, who all kept the ball alive which was then finished perfectly by Kieran S hitting the space at a pace which was too fast for oncoming defenders; again Tom C added the extras.
After half time, when tired legs started to show, strong tackles from Theo K and Tom F gave an opportunity for Tomas T to set up Ben O with a simply perfect pass to run over the try line.
Our final try – and quite possibly one of the greatest Rew Valley has ever seen, even to the amazement of the Year 8 Rugby team from the sidelines – was down to fine skills from Tom C, who ran 60m to score a very impressive try.
‘Man of the Match’ was awarded to Kieran S for his non-stop tackling, rucking and supporting lines, which repeatedly gave TIFS an advantage over their opponents.
“Rugby is booming at this school! I know the boys are loving it and it’s obvious with the performance the team gave on the pitch. With this being the first game of the season, for many it was always going to be difficult, however they kept their heads in the game, played with plenty of intensity and controlled aggression. I believe this was the difference between the two sides. I would also like to thank the Year 8 team who helped out with running the line, sorting the water bottles and creating an excellent match atmosphere.” – Mr Marriott, rugby coach.