Match Report
Berkhamsted School 1st XV vs  King's College School (KCS), Wimbledon
On: Saturday, 22 Sep 2018
Venue: at Home

Saturday 22nd September marked the official opening of the new Pitches at Chesham Road Playing Fields and we were thrilled to invite back former captains of Rugby & Football, key individuals whose work made the development possible, some familiar faces whose support of Berkhamsted Sport is very much appreciated and two special guests, Alex Goode (Saracens & England) and our very own James Rodwell (England & GB 7s) to help us mark the occasion. It was also the Schools’ Sports Open Day and we were delighted to be able to host the County U18 Lacrosse tournament in the morning and a block fixture against KCS Wimbledon in the afternoon. Unfortunately no one had sent Mother Nature the memo ??!

Following their superb performance against Eton the previous week the 1st XV will have been looking forward to having the opportunity to perform on the new pitch in front of a home crowd which including former players and some VIPs. Despite the heavy rain (which presented challenging conditions) the 1st XV were once again able to put in a convincing performance against a resilient KCS team who defended with spirit. Berkhamsted opened the scoring in the right hand corner and soon added a second following a quickly taken penalty and cross field kick which found the winger in the opposite corner. A penalty from the captain and two further first half tries put Berkhamsted in complete control at half time. HT 23 - 0.

To their credit KCS showed real fight throughout. They defended well as a team, made their tackles and carried the ball with determination. Their work ethic was one of the reasons Berkhamsted were only able to cross the white wash once more in the second half. Berkhamsted had the lions share of possession and territory and will be slightly disappointed not to have scored more tries. They played with great endeavour and put together some pleasing phases of play combining forwards and backs with some promising off loading only to force that ‘final’ pass or spill the ball in contact. As I mentioned these were challenging conditions. Nevertheless, five tries, a ‘clean sheet’ and an injury free afternoon in front of characters from all over the Berkhamsted community, on the day the Pitches were opened, is a good afternoon’s work. The 1st XV can now look forward to a home match against Haileybury in the first round of the a Champions Trophy on Tuesday (15:00). We hope some of you can come and support.

Mr D. J. Gibson - Director of Boys’ Sport