The 1st XV played a strong Selborne side in East London on Saturday. The teams battled hard throughout the day with the U16C’s producing the standout performance of the day for College.
The 1st XV went on the attack early and dominated the opening passage of play. This culminated in a great break by Anthony Dakin that was rounded off with a try for Grant Dixie. Selborne came charging back at the College team and some resolute defence held them at bay for a while.
Eventually the pressure showed and Selborne scored, this was followed up by another as College made a defensive error off the kick off. The College team battled to get hold of the ball and the big physical runners of Selborne began to take its toll as they crashed over for two more tries. This is not a College side that will lie down and they came fighting back with some great attack of their own as Baron Boateng-Aidoo snuck over in the corner after some good handling from the College forwards. This would leave the score at 26-12 going into half time.
In the second half both teams produced some good passages of play but Selborne benefitted from some of the College errors to add to their try tally and run in some enterprising tries of their own. College produced some more fluid attack as Anthony Dakin broke close to the Selborne line and dived over for a try. College went in search for another try and continued to play and came very close to adding to their tally at the end. The final score 43-19 to Selborne.
The 1st XV showed some great determination and physicality in their performance but there is still more work to do going forward for this team.