Match Report
Berkhamsted School 1st XV vs  Felsted School
On: Saturday, 13 Oct 2018
Venue: Away

A game of two halves and two teams of contrasting styles- but what a match and a fantastic advert for school rugby! In difficult conditions (a blustery wind) both teams played their part in a tightly fought contest which saw Berkhamsted lead at the break and Felsted fight back to take the honours in the final few minutes of the match.

Berkhamsted, who had the advantage of the wind in the first half, took the lead in the opening minute when they re-gathered the kick off and broke the mid-field defence to shock the visitors (7-0). However, their only other score in the first half came from a well struck penalty and, in all honesty, the visitors probably did not make the most of the weather conditions and the advantage that this gave them. Numerous line breaks (one in particular from the Captain) showed glimpses of what Berkhamsted were capable of in open play but none of them were converted. Felsted, in contrast, dominated the set piece and despite Berkhamsted's best efforts were beginning to use their catch and drive to superb effect, it looked like this tactic might prove fruitful with the wind in the second half. HT 10-0.

The second half was a tense affair from start to finish with both sides throwing everything at this physical encounter. Felsted scored first (10-5) following some superb ball carrying from their forward pack only for Berkhamsted to reply with a try of their own when, to everyone's surprise, Lewis broke through the middle of the ruck and crossed without challenge (17-5). Felsted then dominated a 10 minute period and despite their best efforts Berkhamsted were unable to stop the hosts from crossing for two more tries (one of which was converted) to level the scores (17-17) with 10 minutes remaining. Unfortunately, for Berkhamsted the pressure was beginning to tell and a handful of unforced errors placed them on the back foot and allowed the Felsted pack a 'sniff of victory'. They grabbed the opportunity with both hands and crossed for the winning try in the final few minutes to secure the victory.

Berkhamsted will be bitterly disappointed to have lost this fixture but when they reflect will realise that was by the narrowest of margins and that they played some superb rugby in what was a superb spectacle.