Match Report
Denstone College Boys-U16A vs  Woodhouse Grove School
On: Saturday, 12 Oct 2019
Venue: at Home


U16A vs Woodhouse Grove U16A
13 - 12

It was an absolute thriller as Denstone produced their best team display of the season against strong opposition. Oscar Van Deventer opened the scoring after a period of sustained Denstone attacks, but Woodhouse Grove scored a disappointing breakaway try to take a 7-5 lead. Denstone's pack scrummaged with ferocity and worked hard at the breakdown to take control, with an Oscar Van Deventer penalty allowing them to regain the lead at half time.

Woodhouse Grove started well after the break and some committed defence was needed on their own line for Denstone to hold out after a series of driving mauls and pick-and-drives from the Woodhouse Grove forwards. Woodhouse Grove did eventually manage to drive over the line to take the lead in what was becoming an absolute classic. Ben Meads put in some massive hits in the midfield and showed Denstone how to hit a ruck with a powerful display as he inspired the team forward.

Meads then made a scintillating line-break before being hauled down just short of the line as Denstone desperately searched for a match-winning score. Wave after wave of attacks followed, with Oscar Van Deventer adjudged to have been 'held-up' over the line and time looked to be running out for Denstone. Finally, after some efficient phase play, Denstone moved the ball out wide, where Xander McMillan was able to beat his man on the outside to score in the corner. Denstone led 13-12 at this point in a game that continued to have big momentum shifts. With just a few minutes to play, Woodhouse Grove drove near to the Denstone line and looked certain to score a heart-breaking winning score after a series of 5m scrums. However, Denstone defended as if their lives depended on it and refused to break down under immense pressure. Harry Hodder in particular repelled attack after attack and eventually Denstone were able to force an error in the tight. Cue pandemonium upon the referee's final whistle.

An incredible game.

Tries scored by Oscar Van Deventer, Xander McMillan