Match Report
Moulsford Preparatory School Boys-U12B vs  Summer Fields School
On: Wednesday, 24 Jan 2024
Venue: Away

The Sparrow Off Sick, The Chaffinch Steps in…. The U12B’s found their wings, albeit a little too late to claw the game back.

The clash against a formidable Summer Fields side proved to be a challenging but character-building encounter for Moulsford U12B. Despite succumbing to a 30-25 defeat, the match showcased the team's resilience and determination, especially highlighted by standout performances from McClelland.

In the first half, McClelland's exceptional desire and tenacity were evident both in and out of possession. His standout moment came as he tore down the left wing, scoring the only try for Moulsford in the first half, showcasing individual skill and determination.

However, the initial period was not without its challenges as we found ourselves conceding five tries before the halftime whistle. Summer Fields capitalised on two kicks to their elusive left winger, exploiting handling errors and employing their direct crash rugby style to power their way over our try line.

During the halftime break, we addressed key areas for improvement. The focus shifted to achieving greater width and depth in our attacking line, drawing players before passing, enhancing ball handling, and closing down the opposition quicker to minimise the space given to their runners.

The second half saw a remarkable turnaround, with the team displaying a renewed sense of purpose. Implementing the set targets, Moulsford U12B looked like a different side, scoring four tries and conceding only one when the ball was turned over in the ruck inside our 22.

Clark's two breathtaking solo tries, Cudlipp's dance down the right wing, and Jones' awarded penalty try demonstrated the team's newfound dynamism. Although a disallowed try would have levelled the scores, the late surge in performance showed the team's resilience and determination.

Defensively, players like Boulard, Walters, Haigh, and Bradley put their bodies on the line to safeguard the try line, reflecting an improved defensive game in the second half.

The Man of the Match was rightfully awarded to McClelland for his outstanding all-around performance. However, the entire team received recognition with a house point for their collective work rate and remarkable improvement during the second half.

A sincere thank you goes out to the boys for their commendable effort and commitment on the field. I also extend my gratitude to the travelling fans for their unwavering support in Oxford. Despite the narrow defeat, the match served as a valuable learning experience, and the team looks forward to building on this performance in future fixtures. Get well soon Mr Sparrow, you were missed on the side-lines!

"No matter how much falls on us, we keep ploughing ahead. That's the only way to keep the roads clear." – Greg Kincaid

Squad - Ben Bradley, Oliver Clancy, Adam Clark, Teddy Crosse, Ben Cudlipp, Noah Haigh, George Boulard, Max Lister, Theodore Leatham, Archie McClelland, Zac Ward, Percy Walters, Yani Stamoulis, Seb Rice, Willis Jones

Mr Chaffey