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03

NOV

Year 7's Show Great Team Spirit
The Year 7 rugby team travelled to St Bernards for their first game of the season and dug deep to earn a hard fought draw.

This was the squads first game in the Ramsay colours and an impressive 22 players turned out for the 12 a side game, giving Ramsay 10 substitutes. This was very impressive and it enabled Ramsay to make a number of changes, giving players a rest during the game.

The Ramsay team started off well but a quick loss of ball at the ruck saw St Bernards score a solo try to send them into an early lead. Ramsay fought back and got a hold on the game with some excellent forward play from Daniel Dix, Matthew May, Jack Flynn, and Morgan and Harrison Baker. This enabled scrum half Josh Pearce to spread the ball out wide to the likes of Jack Winfield, Joseph Anning, Daniel Hone and John Jackson.

Despite coming into the game St Bernards scored another try to make it 10-0 to the home side. Ramsay continued to hold their head high and were inspired by some outstanding tackling by Dix. This then lead to Pearce and captain Josh Claridge finding Jackson out wide who side stepped a number of St Bernards defenders to score Ramsays' first try of the game, leaving the scores at 10-5 at half time.

Some substitutions were made at half time and there was some impressive substitute appearances from Morgan Harrison, Minhal Khan, Tim Rogers and Sam Sanders. Sanders almost made an immediate impact by finding space on the outside but was taken into touch. Khan and Harrison gave Ramsay some excellent field position with some strong direct running which led to Ramsay levelling through man of the match Dix. Ramsay were lifted by this try and began to look good for the win. Jackson almost earned Ramsay the win with a run from his own try line only to be held up just before the line. St Bernards then scored their third try of the game with five minutes left of play which made it look almost impossible for the visiting team to come back.

The team spirit however was excellent. The forwards continued to work tirelessly with the Bakers, Alex Blandford and Frank Keegan began to give good ball out in the backs to Harrison and Jackson and a break from Harrison gave Ramsay good field position with seconds to go. St Bernards turned the ball over only for Flynn to make the tackle, steal the ball and go over in the corner to draw the scores level right before the full time whistle. The Ramsay boys ran back to the half way line, cheering and fist pumping the air.

Some outstanding performances from Dix, May, Khan, Jackson and Harrison make the future look very bright for the Year 7 rugby squad. Final score was St Bernards 15 Sir William Ramsay 15.


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