Crypt 29 St Peters 7

Crypt 29 St Peters 7

Following a pre-season match against Cokethorpe in the first week of term the 1st XV at the school took on St Peters in their first competitive game of the new season. Building on the success of the South Africa tour in the summer, senior rugby has got off to a great start. Numbers at training are higher than ever before and there is a real enthusiasm and focus throughout the whole senior squad. St Peters are well known throughout the city for their strength and focus towards rugby, especially at senior level and have been very successful in the daily mail cup in recent years. The game was fiercely contested within the first 10 minutes with some ferocious contact between 2 sets of very physical forwards. Crypt took control of possession and territory with a number of good breaks from Jacob Lange, Dan Annfield and Luke Stephens. However it was St Peters who took advantage of poor discipline by Crypt, Dominic Bifulco was sent to the sin bin for foul play. St Peters used their one man advantage in the backs well to exploit some space and their full back broke within his own half to score the first try of the game, under the posts. Crypt quickly responded with a good kick put high by Captain Brad Overthrow which Dan Vicary coolly collected to level the scores. From that position onwards Crypt continued to dominate the game but were unable to capitalise on good field position and missed a number of chances to take the lead. There was disappointment though as Crypt lost prop forward Pete Powell to injury so the scrums had to go uncontested for the remainder of the game. Scores were level at 7 all at half time. Crypt started the second half as they finished the first, dominating possession and territory deep within the St Peters 22. Calling for a scrum after being awarded a penalty Luke Stephens crashed over to put Crypt in the lead. From that point forward Crypt took full control of the game dominating field possession and putting pressure on St Peters who continued to make mistakes with their own set piece. Jordan Smith scored following a great break from Sam Huggins from a Crypt line out and Dan Annfield went over in the top corner to round off the scoring and a clinical second half performance. Although St Peters were not as competitive as they have been in recent years we cannot take anything away from Crypt%u2019s performance which will hopefully be the platform for further success throughout the season. Mr Bawden who led the team in the absence of Mr Stanlake commented: %u201CThe boys really fronted up, the commitment and work ethic especially in the contact was exceptional and allowed us to dominate all aspects of the game. We showed better composure in the second half and were clinical when we got in their 22.%u201D St Peters will look to bounce back and if Crypt meet them again in the NatWest Cup (formally the Daily Mail Cup) later in the season the squad can expect a completely different game and must build on such a great win.