Colts 29 - 7 Kokoku
Colts B overcome Kokoku
Shelford 29 - 7 Kokoku
It's one of the things that makes rugby a truly great sport. A team can travel half-way around the world and makes friends in another country, and culture, simply by playing a game of rugby and sharing a meal and a few gifts after the game. This was Kokoku High School's second visit to the Davey Field. After a great match last year on their tour of Europe and the Middle East, they were back with even more players and a request to play Shelford colts, twice on the same evening.
The first match took place on pitch 2 as another "sport" had booked the 3G for some training, but there were still plenty of spectators braving the windy evening. Unfortunately, the visitors hadn't experienced the unusual wind conditions at the Davey Field, with the swirling air grabbing the kick off and depositing it behind the half way line! It was perhaps an omen that Kokoku were going to struggle. Indeed Shelford dominated the match. Not everything went their way, with some less than slick handling frequently interrupting promising plays. However, tries from Taimur Munir, converted by Jordan Barnes, Oliver Elmsley, and Rob Armer, gave Shelford a 17 - 0 half time lead.
In the second half, the Shelford scrum really started to dominate and this provided a platform to extend the score. Captain Kallum Mulhall finding the space on the left for an unconverted try. Kokoku hit back with probably the first time they moved the ball wide. Their precision passing a lesson to all of Shelford's teams, as they used the ball and their pace to out flank the colts and run under the posts, 22- 7. Shelford weren't done and some good interchange between backs and forwards then a kick and recover saw Jack Smith grab the last try of the game, converted by George Crissall for a final score of 29 - 7 to Shelford