Rugby Boys Overturn Fierce Rivals

BDA’s ever-improving Year 9 rugby team took on rivals Hammersmith Academy last week in a hard-hitting encounter that saw the boys secure their first win against this powerful opposition.

In a very physical opening five minutes, BDA imposed themselves and made clear their intentions for the game, tackling hard and securing early possession. Disciplined forward play and quick ball from the ruck gave Adam Elbounabi two early chances in dangerous territory, taken with clinical precision to put BDA 10 points to the good.

Well aware of the threat posed by Hammersmith’s dangerous back line, defense was pivotal from the off and the boys didn’t falter. Thomas Matthews threw himself into contact with vigour, making a succession of important tackles and putting pressure on the visitors to be creative. However, a quick break from a rolling maul saw the opposition pull 5 points back.

For the remainder of the first half, BDA dominated possession. With the scrum running smoothly and Jamie Gardiner - in the performance of his young career - feeding the backs with speed and accuracy, Nathaniel Nwafor’s illusive pace in the centre was proving too much to handle. A try just before the whistle took the score to 15-5.

The second half followed suit with a series of crunching tackles from Yonis Ahmed, who played an excellent game in the second row, and the unshakeable Yassin Seddik. But it was Kurt Fagyan who unleashed what had to be the biggest hit of the season so far, preventing a certain try.

More decisive forward action allowed the backs to shift the ball wide to Lucillo Burrell, whose blistering speed secured him two tries before the final whistle, with a landmark victory standing at 25-10.

The boys delivered a calm, positive and exceptionally well-organised display, showing their ability to play rugby of a seriously good standard. Every player played a huge part in what was a brilliant team effort. Keep up the good work.