By Connor Jackson Year 13, U19 Rugby Captain.
On Thursday 21st November the Alice Smith School U19 Rugby team played a friendly match against Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar (KTJ) in Negeri Sembilan. The game started off well for KLASS, scoring their first try only minutes into the game. Whilst maintaining pace and power, the team had KTJ on the back foot for the majority of the game. Due to the confidence within the newly assembled team, we were able to attack straight from the kick off and put KTJ under pressure. Through intelligent game play, Rhys Mackley was able to score a quick try with a 5 metre burst from the line. This was replicated again with Tom Tam punching through KTJ’s defensive from close range. Through discipline and conditioning, KLASS were able to dictate the pace of play. The lineouts and scrums were fairly solid and the team were able to contest well at the breakdown. Even after a few unlucky knock-ons the team were still not fazed. The backs worked hard to gain precious ground in attack and the forwards played their usual very physical offense, winning quick ball for the backs.
During the second third of play, and also the final minutes of the last third KTJs attempts for a try were consistently cut short due to textbook defending from KLASS with some great well timed tackles. This defensive pressure allowed Alice Smith to regain possession through counter rucking immediately after. While the game play was clinical for KLASS, an unfortunate collision resulted in Rhys Mackley fracturing his cheekbone. At the final whistle, the end result was a solid 31-0 victory for Alice Smith.