Rugby: Year 9 A’s vs Harrow
Harrow sports ground is a daunting place to rock up to. With it’s vast fields and enormous squad sizes it would have been easy for our sub-less, year 9 A team to give up before the starting whistle was blown. However, despite the 29-0 score line, the year 9s did themselves and the badge proud in what turned out to be a spirited performance.
The game started positively with a deep kick from fly half Ned Watson chased fearlessly by the Fulham forwards. Some sustained defensive pressure gifted FBS turnover ball, with scrum half Hugo Coward finding Seni Annon in space down the left wing. After beating his man Seni was eventually pulled out into touch and the early pressure amounted to nothing. Things got worse from there as an over enthusiastic Oliver Stirling was sent off for making contact with a Harrow boy’s head. Harrow’s pacey wingers and powerful forwards broke the Fulham line and we conceded two tries under the post. Heads began to drop, as FBS’ defensive line led by the impressive Harry Adams became disjointed and we conceded another try from a scrum on the halfway line.
At half time, Oliver Stirling was allowed to return to the game. WIth a full 15 players on the pitch FBS grew in confidence as Pharrell Carter and Omari Goodman began to break the Harrow line. Pharrell in particularly showed a lot of heart, refusing to go down and making some excellent yards. However, Harrow’s scramble defence bravely stopped FBS from crossing the line and a turnover from a lineout on halfway gifted Harrow another try.
Both sides lacked organisation and structure but as a first outing for our year 9 side, much confidence can be taken from the boy’s resolve and refusal to bow down to more experienced opposition. Perhaps, it is too early to fully compete with the scholarships and resources of schools like Harrow but from the showing of heart and raw talent by our year 9s, I do not think it will be long.