Sports Report – 5th October 2015
Rugby - 1st XV
The 1st XV played well in an extremely competitive match against a strong and well organised Mount St Mary’s 1st XV. The boys competed, in parts, with some very nice back play after quality recycling from the forwards. Whilst Mount took the lead and maintained the score-line, the Ratcliffe boys made life very difficult for the home side. After a period of pressure in the second-half, the Ratcliffe side were able to capitalise on a period of quality play and ball retention with a well-taken score by Niall McWhir. The final score line of 32 – 8 was a disappointment but there is consolation in the fact that it was a much improved performance from last week. Man of the Match was Luke Gyesi-Appiah, for his tireless cleaning out and ferocious tackling.
The 2nd XV’s win against Mount St Mary’s was more comfortable than the 24 – 12 score-line suggests. The team controlled the game well, although they struggled to play with any continuity owing to the opposition’s interpretation of play at the breakdown. Player of the Match, Finton Redmond, scored 2 tries in only his second rugby match. Edward Cooper finished the best move of the game, while Daniyal Omarov ran strongly to finish well, with Jack Nightingale kicking 2 conversations. Overall, a pleasing performance.
Mid-week, the U15 team played Humphrey Perkins in the first round of the County Cup. In a disjointed performance, they emerged 40 – 17 winners with Luke Chilton Man of the Match.
On Saturday against Mount St Mary’s, a barnstorming start was followed by a lackadaisical remainder of the first-half. The forwards switched on in the second-half and Ratcliffe ran away 50 – 7 winners, with Matt Lindley Man of the Match for a very brave display in the loose.
Against Mount St Mary’s, the U14 team drew 12 – 12 in an evenly contested game. In the first-half, Finn Matthews scored for Ratcliffe, diving over from close range. Ratcliffe took the lead through Will Westwood in the second-half but late on conceded a penalty ten metres out, from which Mount capitalised, kicking the conversion to equalise. Man of the Match was Matt Elton for his all-round attacking play and defensive performance.
In an evenly contested game the U13s beat Mount St Mary’s, 35 – 19. A superb Ratcliffe start saw Man of the Match, Connor Foster, score two early tries including one from an excellent kick by Owen Lloyd and a fantastic chase by Connor. Poor Ratcliffe tackling and rucking let Mount back into the game and Mount led 19 – 14 at half-time. An excellent last 20 minutes by Ratcliffe saw us dominating the game with a good try by Aled King after he took on the whole Mount pack! Tom Page had an excellent second-half, scoring two tries including an excellent ‘dummy and go’ from half-way. He also converted every try scored.
The U12s were ruthless against a weak a Mount St Mary’s team, winning 50 – 0. The communication and organisation shown by the team was excellent and they were rewarded with many well-worked tries. In defence they were excellent, not allowing Mount any time to get comfortable. The whole team deserved Man of the Match, but special mention should go to Rajan Gupta for his hat-trick of tries and Daniel McGunnigle for some incredible off-loads in the tackle.
Well done to all the U13 and U12 boys who competed so enthusiastically in the 7 a-side matches against Dixie Grammar and between themselves on Tuesday. Particular congratulations go to the U12A team who beat Dixie U13A team and the U12B team who drew with Dixie U12A team. Men of the Match in their respective games were Louis Westwood, Ethan Chapman, Will Wright, Sam Seidu, Sam Linnett and Harry Cusack.
Congratulations to Anuj Savani (Year 8) for becoming the Leicestershire County Boys’ U13 Squash Champion.
Congratulations to Tom Chandler who represented Scotland in the National Senior Cycling Championships in Manchester this weekend, winning a bronze medal. An amazing achievement.