Yr 9 rugby on the rise

Burlington Danes Academy 12 – 15 Twyford

With morale floating somewhere high above the academy grounds following last term’s hard-earned victory over Hammersmith Academy, Wednesday afternoon saw BDA’s Year 9 rugby boys take to the astro for their first match of 2014.

Twyford - a school known for producing strong rugby teams - turned up raring to go, looking well organised and thoroughly prepared for a good game. It didn’t disappoint.

The first half got off to ripping start. The opposition dominated early possession, playing a fast-paced, physical brand of rugby, while BDA’s defence lived up to its fierce reputation. The boys absorbed a barrage of pressure only to see a Twyford forward slip through the net for the opening score.

The boys kept their heads up and asserted a little dominance of their own. With Adam Elbounabi posing a threatening presence in attack, Yassin Seddik controlling the tempo and Aston Solomon taking it to Twyford physically, a try was sure to come soon. It did: James Patton drove over the line from 10 meters to level the scores.

The visitors replied quickly with a second try to regain the lead, but BDA’s scrum proved a considerable asset once again, with the likes of Jay Devane, Arbnor Bejtullahu and Yonis Ahmed securing a great deal of possession for the backs to attack with. Omah Kouadri, who had tackled superbly all game, scored an excellent try to bring the match to 10-15, with the extra two converted by Solomon.

Another solid leading performance from captain Kurt Fagyan, a superb defensive display from substitute D’Shane Moise and a healthy dose of team spirit saw BDA inching towards victory.

However, a few minor errors with the ball in hand and a slight lack of urgency shifting it wide proved the difference; they finished the wrong side of 15-13. Another huge win was on the table and the boys just missed out, but they did themselves proud in the process.

Take heart from another excellent performance - you are improving all the time.