by Josh Anderson
On Thursday the 2nd February we played St Pauls, Barnes, London in the National Plate quarter final. The match was played in probably the worst conditions we have ever endured The southerly wind was strong, the rain hammered down and the temperature was barely above one degree.
The match began at 12:30, with over 200 supporters out to encourage us. St Pauls retained the ball well and the pressure on us began to mount. Every one of us were putting our bodies on the line to stop a try being scored. Eventually however, St. Pauls scored, adding the conversion. They continued to press us on our line, and we gave away a penalty in front of the posts, which gave them a penalty goal for three points.
We then began to play the way we knew we could, and started to put pressure on St Pauls. After continuous penalties for us, we kept pressing them, but could not convert the pressure to points. The half time score was 8-0 to St Pauls.
The sun began to come out, and the rain began to stop. We still had the belief we could win the match. The second half started well for us again, and we continued our pressure but to no avail. The tables turned and St Pauls ran in two converted tries in quick succession. The score was 24-0 with only 15 minutes to go, and with Lander heads down things were on route to getting worse. However we did not want to let this happen and we began to show again how good we really were. With a deep kick into St Pauls half, we started to press St Pauls, and eventually got over the line through Cameron Bishop after a very strong run, with Sam Gapp’s conversion just fading in the wind.
The game ended 24-5; we were disappointed with this because we felt the result didn’t adequately represent the game.
Thank you to all the parents, students and teachers that came out to support us. We wish St Pauls good luck in the next round. Also, thank you to Mr Williamson and Mr Parker, for all your efforts throughout the year.