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Game 1:  Draw 24-24 vs Tower House

The start of the season saw the 1st XV take on a strong Tower House side. It was a very tough fought affair with big tackles from teams combined with strong running with the ball. After Kingswood taking an early lead, Tower house fought back after half time to take a small lead and with 10 mins to go they extended the lead to be 7 points ahead. Under the leadership of Ben Hayes though they showed great character and fought back in the final minutes to draw the score level. Well done to the whole team on an excellent start to the season.

Games 2: Won 48-7 vs Aberdour

Kingswood started very strongly on a cold, crisp afternoon and were rewarded with an early try by Alfred Bennett Wallis after he had taken the ball at speed and broken through the Aberdour defensive line.  Kingswood grew in confidence over the first half with many of the forwards and backs making good progress with the ball in hand.  Aryan Mofidi was sharp around the base on the scrum and caught the opposition off guard to set up opportunities for the backs to score a series of tries.  The second half saw Alex Darwish and George Ahrens make their 1st XV debuts and with continued pressure and some lovely creative play by fly half Fraser Trimmings Kingswood ran out comfortable victors.

 Game 3: Won 34 – 12 vs Ripley Court

Kingswood new this would be tough challenge as Ripley are always a well organised team and after a bright start and some fast rucking from the pack Ben Hayes crossed the line to take Kingswood into the lead.  The game was a very physical with some aggressive running and tackling from both teams. Before the break Jonah Lea received the ball just inside his half after some excellent counter rucking from the back row forwards, and after breaking through the first tackles outpaced the covering defence to score in the corner. As expected Ripley came out strong from the break and forced their way over the line from close range to start their fight back.  This was short lived as once Jack Roberts received the ball on his 22 with space to run he outpaced the defence to run the length of the pitch scoring a great individual try.  Following the restart Kingswood capitalised on a deflated Ripley and scored the try of the game with some outstanding forward and back combinations with well over 15 phases of play resulting in Max Fryer, who was outstanding throughout the game, offloading to a support player to score and seal Kingswood’s victory. Well done to all who played and thank you to the great support from the parents on the side line.

Nick Procter

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