The Raiders came into the NatWest Round 2 cup match against Christ’s in buoyant mood and were keen to get their season underway with this U18s clash.
The match started badly for the Raiders as they were placed under pressure and found wanting in defence conceding the kickable penalty which was gratefully converted by the CH fly half. As the well organised and strong running CH side built more pressure they stretched the Raider defence and made it over the line for the 5 pointer. 8-0 CH.
This was the moment that shocked the Raiders into action and brought about a change in fortunes. Strong running from Masham and Hassan got the team moving forward and eventually Masham got over the line. This was not converted 5-8 CH.
More CH pressure and points, 15-5 at the half. Time for a rousing Churchillian performance from the coach in the break. Points made, targets set and confident their charges were fully focussed the coaches went to side line for the KO. Unfortunately from the kick off the Raiders conceded a try under the horns and it was 22-5 CH with Worthing looking down the barrel.
Well this is going to have to be special Coach Hewick was heard to say, an understatement of sorts but the sentiment was bang on.
Enter Captain Fogerty and his mammoth effort, gain lines won, tackles made and rucks cleared. Talismanic is selling the man short. Forester the debutant at Loose Head Prop was dynamic on the carry and abrasive in the scrum giving a great platform to play from. These players laid the foundation and it was Fogerty that smashed over from close to the line for the score. 22-10 with the extras 22-12 CH.
The ‘Big Mo’ was not completely on the side of the Raiders yet and numerous mistakes reduced any pressure that could be built. But through dogged determination and effort Hassan bossed the collision close to the line after good lead up work. No extras but 22-17 CH and the ‘Big Mo’ was firmly in the Raider camp.
More mistakes and it looked as though moving into the last 2mins that the chances had been lost. A final chance, scrum centre field on the 50m line, 8, 9 15 towards the right hand touch and Tessier hit the ball like a train! He burst through the line and rounded the Full Back to score 15m in from touch. Collier stepped up to take the kick. Showing great composure and skill he calmly slotted the extras to take the Raiders in front for the first time in the match, 22-24 Raiders.
With less than a minute on the clock Raiders closed the game out with some solid defence and were more than happy to take the place in Round 3 v Seaford College. A tough fixture ahead but a great opportunity to see how far they have progressed from this weeks match.
Training Friday- good times!
MOM: Sam Fowler