Match Report
Uppingham School Boys-U14B vs  Stowe School
On: Saturday, 13 Nov 2021
Venue: Away

This was an all-round team performance with every player contributing significantly to a very pleasing win. As last week, the warmup was focused and the starting team were ready for action. The first 10 minutes of the match was well-contested with both teams having equal share of attacking; defending and territory. However, Uppingham began to get on top, dominating possession and territory, with regular line breaks, off-loading and continuity in their attack. Harry Davenport was called upon a number of times to clean up dropped balls by the opposition due to good defensive pressure and he showed good presentation to complete turnovers. Captain Humphrey Hinchcliffe opened the scoring using ‘feet, fight and finish’ to beat a number of defenders and drive over to score. Hinchcliffe was one of the standout performers, regularly hitting a line hard off fly-half Walter Grieve and always carrying well to set up an attacking platform. Second row John Chen scored next in similar fashion to Hinchcliffe, but it was good team play to get him into a scoring position. Will Eastwood at scrum half linked up well with his new half back partner Grieve and from scrum restarts they launched the back line well. Theo Garwe at centre was hungry for the short ball and the timing of his runs got better and better as the game progressed. His brace of tries were well-deserved and allowed Uppingham to lead 20-0 by the half time break.

Stowe rallied in the second half and looked more threatening in attack. Uppingham had to withstand some sustained pressure, but held out with great one v one defending from Harry Scott-Harden, Jago Bucher, Callum Tang, Ollie Plant, Louie Hale, Eastwood and Grieve. Having weathered the storm, Uppingham started to dominate again, Hinchcliffe scored again (Grieve converting) and then a third for his hat-trick, both tries completed in a similar manner to his first. Chen then scored his second soon after and with props Angus Sprott and Wilf Rand ever present in the loose, running close support lines and clearing out at ruck time Uppingham were winning quick ball. Plant scored next, finishing off a sustained attack where the ball passed through many hands and Grieve added the second of his conversions. Uppingham’s final try was best of the match, featuring carries, off-loads and movement of the ball from one wing to the other, with Jack Gray and Grieve showing great distribution to give left wing Tang the space to beat his opposite man from their 10 metre line and race away to the line. Thanks to injured players Leo Smith and Matthew who made the long away trip to support their team.