There is always something special about games under lights, even more so at school level, where parents, old boys, and current pupils can all make it to watch the 1st XV.
That was certainly the case last night at KCS Old Boys Club, where KCS Wimbledon took on Tiffin in front of hundreds of supporters, bolstered further by the 2nd XVs kicking off beforehand on the same pitch.
KCS arrived at the ground as favourites, but with captain Ollie Adams injured on the sidelines, there were no guarantees.
Over the course of the eighty minutes though, KCS showed that they could survive without their captain building on last Saturdayâ€™s 16-0 win over Eton College with a 23-3 victory over Tiffin.
Tiffin played their part though, threatening the KCS line on several occasions, however the KCS defence stood firm throughout, conceding just a solitary penalty at the death of the first half.
That had made the scores at half time 13-3, following two KCS tries and a penalty. The first try came for KCSâ€™ loosehead after some heavy pressure on the Tiffin line, while the second came following a turnover deep in Tiffin territory that KCS seized upon with an excellent cross field kick and a determined finish.
Things started disastrously in the second half for Tiffin, within two minutes they conceded a yellow card after repeated infringements on their line, from which KCS duly knocked over a simple penalty to make it 16-3, and you feared for the worst.
However for the next twenty five minutes Tiffin were exemplary, conceding no points at all despite KCS beginning to really dominate the possession stats. Tiffin were impressing though, with their captain and scrum half particularly excelling.
KCS kept coming back though but time and time again they were being frustrated. They had worked out exactly how to dominate field position, using probing kicks to outstanding effect, however they could not turn that field position into the points they felt they deserved.
However quality tends to shine through at some point and KCS have more than a few players of real quality, perhaps none more so than number 8 Will Lockhart-Smith, who is part of the Harlequins U18 set up.
Lockhart-Smithâ€™s quality rose to the top as he used his considerable power to surge over the Tiffin line with a little under ten minutes remaining, taking the score out to 23-3, and probably a fairer reflection of his sideâ€™s play.
It was a tough old game for KCS though, Tiffin dug in brilliantly. More important than the result though for those of us in a neutral capacity was the occasion. They were hundreds of supporters lining the touchlines, making full use of the clubhouse facilities and creating a brilliant environment for schools rugby, and an evening that those on the pitch will likely remember forever.
That is what schools rugby is all about.
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