Match Report
Denstone College Boys-U14A vs  Solihull School
On: Saturday, 14 Sep 2019
Venue: at Home

14-09-2019

U14A vs Solihull

10 - 36

No of Tries: 2

An improved defensive performance from Denstone this week although too much possession was lost at the breakdown.

A key target for this week’s game was quicker line speed in defence in order to shut down space for Solihull’s quick full back. For most of the game this was a success and the defensive line led up by Tom Pickering put pressure on the Solihull back line and forced a number of errors. The game was evenly matched for the first half, the highlight being a well worked try after several phases of possession with Harrison Eaton demonstrating great pace and foot work to score. In the loose, Tristan Goulder, Cameron Tamber and Harry Fryer all grafted very hard to protect our ball. Charlie Collier and Jim Polmear both carried well. Jim in particular was a real nuisance to the Solihull attack all afternoon disrupting their possession and achieving an impressive number of turnovers.

In attack Harvey Hughes and Charlie Meads linked well, with Harvey often making good yards with powerful running lines. When Denstone did manage to ship it wide via some impressive handling from Charlie Meads, Evan Blurton showed impressive pace and determination on the wing and made significant yards. The big challenge was keeping hold of the ball after breaking their line and closer support play and more purposeful rucking will be a key focus for the coming week.

In the second half Denstone struggled to get a clean ball and build a good attacking platform. The Solihull pressure also didn’t relent and they managed to run in several tries as holes in the Denstone defence opened up. A key learning for the team was to ensure they keep cooler heads when under pressure. It was undoubtedly a very physical contest but clear thinking and communication must prevail in order that the team keeps connected defensively.

There were many positives to the game and the Denstone boys showed a lot of character once again. They never gave up and a late second try by Harrison Eaton rounded off a bruising contest. Denstone must continue to build from here and look forward to securing their first win in the coming weeks.

Standout players of the afternoon were Evan Blurton and Jim Polmear.