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On Friday 2 December the School’s 1st XV triumphed over Eltham College in an exciting game under the floodlights at Cobham Rugby Club.
In front of a large crowd the team produced some fantastic play during their 55-12 win. Initially it was Eltham College who started better, taking a deserved 5-0 lead. Despite lacking their usual fluency early on in the game, a penalty and a crafty try by Hugo Coughlan saw St John’s take the lead 10-5. Further slick passing followed which allowed Joe Jelinek the chance to score a try out wide. Eltham looked dangerous on the break, and the half time whistle went with St John's 15-5 ahead, but with the game there for the taking by either side.
In the second half, St John's offered the crowd a much more commanding display of rugby, with some great tries scored. Eltham struck back after a defensive error from set piece, but from that moment on it was all St John's. Jelinek scored his second try and then Cameron Hyne cut an excellent line before outpacing the cover defence to dot down, before some clever offloading allowed Bas Senior to show his dancing feet as he cut one way, then the other, and then showed good pace to take the score to 36-12.
Will Sanders finished off another sharp bit of interplay as he showed good footwork to score and then Under 16 player Jack Potter scored his third try in his three 1st XV games to maintain his try scoring record. James White put his head down and dragged a number of Eltham defenders with him to finish off the scoring and round off a great night for St John's.
Head of Rugby at St John’s, Nick Platt, commented: “After a hard fought first half the St John’s 1st XV showed their class to score 55 points against a decent Eltham side. Tom Davison in particular had a storming game, showing how good footwork and a determination to get over the gain line is vital to put the team on the front foot. The second half performance enthralled the crowd and showed how good this team can be when at their best.”
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