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U17's Host St Albans College, Buenos Aires

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A combined Percy Park and Kings Priory xv had the honour of hosting St Albans College Buenos Aires first XV under lights at Percy Park. The hosts hanging on for victory in an enthralling game.

The difference in Hemispheres meant that St Albans were ending a season whilst the hosts had yet to play a game this season. Resultantly St Albans started the game at a furious pace which the hosts found difficult to contain.

Slick movement, ferocious tackling and astute kicking had Park pulled and stretched to the limit; their only comfort being a secure lineout and utterly dominant scrum. The first score arose from a loose Park kick which was run back with pace, recycled across the pitch and eventually, after some heroic defence, grounded for a try in the corner.


With 15 minutes on the board and 0-5 down Park had to hang on grimly. However, slowly, the Park forwards started to assert pressure on the visitors and the balance of possession swung Park’s way. On the stroke of half time, from a penalty in the 22, Ben Anderson shipped the ball along the line for the fullback to skip through a number of despairing tackles for a try, Ben’s boot adding the extras.

Half Time 7-5

The 2nd half started with Park in the ascendency, their forwards winning plenty of ball and the backs now playing like a unit. Next on the scoreboard was flying winger Josh Cheung; a slick passing movement gave Josh the slightest of gaps and his pace was enough to take him around the first defender and through the 2nd defender for a great wingers try, Ben added an excellent touchline conversion to make the score 14 – 5.

Park were now trying to play the game deeper in the opposition territory.  A well-judged kick to the corner and the pace and persistence of Reese soon paid dividend, his pace in chasing up Ben’s kick caught the full back off guard and the resultant fumble was grounded by the flying winger;  19 – 5.

Park/ Kings started to ring the changes to ensure everyone in the squad got game time; the visitors, in response, changed their tactics and started kicking long and chasing hard. From one such kick they were able to capitalise on a defensive error which led to a try. 19 -10.

With 10 minutes remaining the hosts were forced on to the defensive, only brave defence and a couple of wayward passes preserving their line.  On full time, after a period of sustained pressure, the College grabbed the final score of the match (19 -15) making it 3 tries apiece.

Both teams were a credit to the game and left everything on the pitch.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 November 2015 23:24  

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