Yesterday saw one of the toughest matches that the Marlborough First X have had to date against rivals from the Johor U16 Circuit, SMK Dato Jafar. It was played (or very nearly not) against a backdrop of passing lightning and the noises from the heavens reflected the thunderstorm that took place on the pitch. Within a minute or so of kick off, Tom McNamara had scorched over for his first try of the game and Ameer Chughtai followed it up swiftly with another, showing both power and pace as he raced to the line. Our opposition drove the ball successfully off line outs and worked an effective and physical game, one that saw a number of the Blues players having to exercise considerable self-restraint.
Marlborough reacted valiantly though, with more tries from McNamara, Igwe, A, Wu Murphy and maiden 5-pointers from Azman and Wright, both of whom contributed a great deal to what was becoming an impressive display of handling and running. Hall, Al and Baldwin all hit some hard tackles, taking down men much larger than them and Kenny Tipton and Buddell dominated the line out. The pick of the tries came from Alec Hewison, a fitting response as both he and Ebe Igwe were performing superbly and so were singled out for some big hits by the SMK Dato Jafar boys. From the kickoff, the opposition let the ball bounce which allowed the flying hooker pick it up, bust between two props and leave a beleaguered fullback in his wake as he raced over the line for an excellently taken try. The match was finished off by Anya Igwe, who had been put into position by some superb build-up play from his team mates.
There is no doubt that there will be few more physical matches than this one, but the Marlborough Blues did themselves proud. We can now look forward to a potential fifteens game against Lycée Francais on the 8th June and the next round of the Johor U16 circuit on the 16th June.
Mr L W G Walters,
Master in charge of Rugby