Match Report
King's School Bruton Boys-U15A vs  Downside School
On: Saturday, 08 Dec 2018
Venue: Away

On a cold wet afternoon at Downside the Under 15s faced their final and biggest test of the season. Some of the boys had already written off the match as a horrible defeat. On the face of it, seeing the opposition in the flesh, more boys wavered, and as the rain lashed them they set off to do battle. Mr Harkness and Mr Jeffrey spoke to them of courage and tenacity and they were not disappointed by the reaction of these young warriors. JFK said that, "Great crisis produce great men and great deeds of courage", he was not wrong. ?To quote one of last century's finest commentators, Mark Twain, "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog" and our puppies fought like wolves. Downside were held off for 15 minutes until one of their giants crashed through our battered defence. Two more Downside tries to come, took them till half time, with the injured piling up and the weather worsening.

Then came the second half and King's ran on to the field hungry for more. The following 30 minutes was one of the gutsiest and toughest that they have spent on the rugby pitch. King's took the game to Downside with a ferocity that intimidated them and led to a pair of tries from Isaac Pugh in the last 10 minutes. He was supported in these by the whole team and every boy on that pitch did their utmost to finish on an amazing high. For his bravery and aggression, the coaches have awarded Murray Hendrie with "Man of the Match", he played on the edge of his ability and strength throughout the game.

The season has ended with much learned, and much to celebrate. Albert Einstein said "Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.". The boys in the Under 15s have certainly become men of value.