By Tom Oliver
Hampton’s U14A rugby team played two games over the weekend at St. John’s Leatherhead, drawing 15-15 with Tonbridge before losing heavily to the hosts.
Tonbridge scored early and took a two-try lead before Frank Hall’s run gave Hampton their first points of the game.
Tonbridge then scored again before Hampton struck back with tries from Rory Paterson and Finlay Wiseman.
Tonbridge made a late charge as they won the ball close to the Hampton try-line, but Hampton were able to keep them at bay before the game ended with the final score 15-15.
The U14As then headed on to the field to play St. John’s, who had demonstrated a fearsome kick and chase move when they had played Tonbridge earlier in the day.
Hampton conceded early and St. John’s kept coming, scoring multiple times with no Hampton reply before the first half finished.
The rest of the match unfolded in much the same vein, with St John’s scoring yet more tries in the second half without reply, leaving Hampton beaten heavily by the home side.
Hampton will head into next weekend’s fixture against Cranleigh School hoping for an improvement on the result against St. John’s and looking to play more of the kind of rugby that they played against Tonbridge.
They will aim to deliver some well-structured play both in attack and defence, with plenty of aggression.
The team will head into next week confident that they can play good rugby but eager to improve after their result against St. John’s.