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John McGlashan 1stXV finished their pre-season preparations with a win of 15-12 against Christs College 1st XV.
"The boys should be very proud of the way they played today. They executed everything we had discussed prior to the game and put in a very good performance against quality opposition to come away with a well-deserved win. Our defence and willingness to tackle was certainly a strength throughout the game as was our improved ball security.
We began the first half on the wrong side of territory and possession but this just allowed us to set the tone for the game with strong tackling. George Bell and Leroy Ferguson were strong leaders in the pack who tackled and ran strongly in every opportunity and both were always a threat at ruck time. As our confidence grew we began to create chances with the ball in hand and we were unlucky not to score a try early on. Harrison Morton and Caine Taylor made for a formidable second row, both doing an excellent job at lineout time and their work rate around the field both was second to none. After going close earlier and through sustained pressure and possession George Bell deservedly crossed the line on the stroke of half time to give us a 10-7 lead at the break.
Our defence continued to lead the way in the second half and we played the territory game much more effectively through the accurate kicking of Andrew McKenzie. This was supported by a much-improved kick chase and excellent defensive pressure from our midfield. Christs managed to score a try against the run of play but this just spurred the boys on. We started to break the line and create more opportunities and deservedly scored what would be the match-winning try through Charles Keenan busting over the line.
An excellent performance by all of the boys who took the field today, well done. In the forwards Caine, George and Leroy put in outstanding performances as did Player of the Day, Harrison Morton whose physical presence was matched by his work rate. In the backs, Andrew and Jez Nicholson-Kelly were determined and aggressive tacklers and Jez carried and distributed the ball well.
Match Report: Matt Direen