The Christ the King College squad, back, from left, Josh Lee, Callum Buckley, Zach Ward, Nicholas Early, Jack Turner, Chester Smith, Alex Cole and Jake Puckett. Front, Tom Hollis, Ben Sanderson, Ben Williams, Jake Bushnell, Joe Nelson, Charlie Dyer, Rufus Wood and Jack Davis.
Christ the King College 27, Portsmouth Grammar School 5
CHRIST The King College’s under-13s put in an excellent performance to defeat Portsmouth Grammar School for their first win of the season.
From the kick off the Islanders showed they were up for the challenge and opened the scoring when Callum Buckley stole the ball from a ruck and powered away from the defence to touch down under the posts. They struck again immediately after, Jake Bushnell gathering a slippery ball to race through.
With time closing in on the half, Christ the King struck it lucky again, when Buckley pounced on some good work from the forward pack Chester Smith, Josh Lee and Nick Early, to make it 15-0.
In the second half, the forward pack came to the fore, led by commanding scrum half, Charlie Dyer. Jake Puckett looked lively throughout, picking and driving where possible.
The Islanders then withstood a large period of pressure with some fantastic tackles from Jack Turner Alex Cole, and Zach Ward, before extending their lead through Ben Sanderson, with a conversion by Puckett to make it 22-0.
The hosts then broke the deadlock with an unconverted try but with minutes remaining, Christ The King had the final say when Ben Williams brilliantly set up Cole to score.
Christ The King: Nelson, Hollis, Bushnell, Williams, Sanderson, Davis, Dyer, Puckett, Early, Ward, Buckley, Lee, Smith, Cole, Turner. Subs: Wood