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Your News Ramsay 8's Suffer First Defeat of the Season

Sir William Ramsay travelled to Burnham Grammar School in a bid to go one better against a grammar school for the second time this season. Not only is it good experience for the rather inexperienced squad but it shows how much confidence is placed in the squad by team coach Mr. Connaughton.

The away side only travelled with 15 men, two big losses being team captain Dan Hucker and influential prop Jake Cockram. The odds were stacked against Ramsay from the start but they made a surprisingly good start scoring a try straight from the kick off.

The home side had started the game with their strongest 15 which was picked from a posible 25+ players who were all in attendance as substitutes. Shaquille ran in the first Ramsay try which was converted by Joseph Woodhouse. The home said hit back straight away with a strong run through the middle of the pitch and eventually made it's way over the try line in the corner. The difficult convertion was missed so Ramsay still held onto the lead.

The game slowly started to run away from the visiting side as Burnham began to control vital areas of the field. They were a much stronger, well organised pack which became evident at the ruck areas, scrums and line outs where Ramsay lost the majority of the ball. Harry Tanner and Patrick Blunt made some outstanding tackles and Shaquille Jack tried to play a number of positions at once during the game leaving him exhausted.

Burnham eventually ran out worthy winners by 15 points due to some bad tackling that let in a few weak tries. On a more positive note the boys stuck together and faught throughout the whole game, even though they played the majority of the game a man down, and the final 10 minutes with 13 against 15.

Joseph Woodhouse converted all 3 tries from Jack (2) and Tanner (1) and Jack came really close to scoring his hat trick but just knocked the ball on over the line. Josh Smets also played his best game yet for the school winning a lot of ball at the rucks and making some good yards going forward. The boys have now tasted defeat which won't be a nice feeling so hopefully they will bounce back stronger than ever in the eagerly awaited Emerging Schools Tournament on Wednesday 3rd December.

Year 8 Squad: Mathew Thomas, Ed Janes, Michael Brunswick, Josh Smets (MOTM), Andrew Eckheart, Alex Smilie, Elliot Tarrant, Shaquille Jack (c), Harry Tanner, Joseph Woodhouse, Nick Williams, Patrick Blunt, Sam Winfield, Aaron Knight, Jacob Whitehead

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