On the 8th October 2015 the year 4 Tigers and Lions teams played matches against local rivals, Leicester Grammar School. On a perfect day for Rugby and following a coaching session (donated by Henry P) from the England 2003 World Cup winning Captain, Martin Johnson, the boys were ready to face what traditionally are tough opponents. This proved to be the case.
TIGERS 6 TRIES, LGS 7 TRIES
The Tigers team consisted of Seb A (Captain), Ed Dav, George U, Charlie M, Harry L, Harry T, Henry P, Bradley M and Henry V.
The team played a poor first half not because they did not try but mainly due to their lack of organisation. They trailed 5 tries to 2 at half time but were on their way to my target of 4 tries for the match. In the second half a change was made. George U went over to play for the Lions team and Bradley M came to play for the Tigers. Bradley M provided the catalyst for the rest of the team who all tackled with added venom. Stoneygate won the second half 4 tries to 2 but conceded the last of LGS’s 7 tries with the last play of the match.
This was a great game of Rugby where the message from Mr Johnson was to pass the ball. The boys did this fantastically well in the second half and their determination nearly resulted in a magnificent win however as Mr Murphy quoted in assembly recently “some defeats are more triumphant than victories” and this was a case in point.
Champagne moment went to all the players for their second half display especially in the tackle. Man of the Match went to Bradley M who, despite only playing for the second half was powerful and ferocious in the tackle and this lead to the whole team closing down the opposition much quicker.
LIONS 20 TRIES, LGS 15 TRIES
The Lions team consisted of Bradley M (Captain), George C, Edward Dar, Felix P, Seb M, George T, Thomas V, Matthew S, George U and Anish P.
What a match! 35 tries scored and a second victory for the Lions Team in two weeks. Running with the ball was magnificent and tackling, whilst not always perfect, was organised and effective. Our smallest player, Anish, seems to have the biggest bite as his text booked tackling prevented LGS from making their score equal to Stoneygate’s. Bradley M played a vital role as Captain in the first half and was put into the Tigers team for their second half to do the same. George U came on for the second half and his running proved to be very elusive and direct despite him carrying a slight injury. Edward Dar continued to impress with his running skills throughout the match and he was awarded the man of the match.
Well done to all the boys who played and especially to the way you listened and paid attention to Mr Johnson’s coaching session. A huge thank you to him for coming into the school at such a busy time for him and also to Henry P. Henry won the raffle at the school fete. He had the choice of a coaching session with either Muzzy Izzet, Paul Nixon or Martin Johnson and he chose the latter for him and all his year 4 friends. Well done Henry.
Thank you also to all the parents who attended and encouraged the boys to have a go.