Match Report
Cathedral School, Llandaff 2nd XV vs  The King's School, Gloucester
On: Saturday, 12 Oct 2019
Venue: Away

2nd XV vs King's Gloucester:

The 2nd XV travelled away to Gloucester on Saturday to take on the King's School in a thrilling encounter. Having a run of form coming into the game the 2nd XV were keen and eager to put in another impressive performance, however with several players missing King's proved to be tricky opposition. The first half saw CSL score almost immediately from kick off, a fantastic chase and tackle from MVP Josh B disrupted the King's ball leading to a turnover, which enabled fly half Finn H to dummy through the first line of defence and step the full back to score under the posts. This fantastic early score was perhaps counter-productive, as King's galvanised and came back at CSL, who almost took their foot off the gas and started to withdraw into a shell. The King's blitz defence was putting our attack under lots of pressure and forcing multiple errors, which made it hard to find a rhythm going forward. With increasing possession Kings were able to build back into the game, scoring 2 tries from close range "pick and go" plays. However, they didn't come easy, CSL showed immense character and determination on their own line, keeping the Gloucester team out time and time again until after a whole 5 minutes of 5m attrition. An impressive display, but one that couldn't be replicated up the field. The second half saw a much different story unfold, as CSL began to find their feet and retain the ball their attack became more potent, slashing runs from centre James LJ and weaving number 8 Joe B frustrated the King's side, who lost a total of 2 players to the sin bin for persistent penalties. CSL couldn't quite find the line until another free flowing move saw quick ball find its way across the field from left to right and eventually into the hands of charging prop forward Mike N who scored his second try in 2 games. With a line out in the King's 22m for the last play of the game the spectators looked on with baited breath, but an injured hooker and a breakdown in communication resulted in a turnover and Kings were able to work the ball out of play to finish the match a draw, 14-14. A good 2nd half performance but plenty to work on moving into Thursday's game.