Match Report
Ipswich School 15A vs  Framlingham College
On: Saturday, 15 Sep 2018
Venue: Away

Following a productive pre-season schedule the U15A were raring to go in their first full game of the season. The conditions were perfect for running rugby with the sun blazing and an excellent pitch.

The opening exchanges saw the score locked at 0-0 for an absorbing twenty five minutes. Ipswich made some strong carries through Oscar Baker, Max Hyde, and Toby Jermyn who tested the Framlingham defence early on. Fram stood firm despite the good start from Ipswich, and possession regularly swayed back and forth with both sides having equal spells with the ball. The deadlock was finally broken with five minutes of the half to go. Fram spilling the ball in midfield allowing Josh Marsh to scoop up the loose ball and accelerate fifty meters to score under the posts. The following restart saw Ipswich lose possession early, with immediate and sustained pressure following and ultimately resulting in a score. Half time score 7-5 to the home side.

The ferocity of the first half certainly told in the second. The game broke down somewhat, and became a contest of who could make the least errors. Not long after the restart the home side found their second score and conversion to make it 14-5. Ipswich rallied and were dogged in defence, Isaac Drain in particular making some heroic tackles on the Fram danger men. The efforts in attack however were lacking support, which combined with some ball carrying and handling errors made Ipswich stutter. Final score 14-5.

This match was certainly a joy for the spectator. Ipswich have some minor details around the core skills to work on, but showed that they are a tough side to score against with high work rate and determination in defence.

Ironman (awarded for outstanding effort in defence & attack) & Player of the Match: Isaac Drain

Mr. Cook