Despite difficult conditions in a windswept match against strong opponents from St Pauls School which is the London Irish apprenticeship base, Twyford High School produced a convincing hard fought victory, winning by 11pts to nil.
In the first half Twyford were playing into the wind and controlled the play well with the highlight being an impressive scrum led by Will Bigley, Tommy Smith and Anthony Brennan. This provided a good base to attack from and equally placed St Pauls under immense pressure. Twyford back three dealt well with the kicks and returned them with interest and control mostly through running and linking up with support. As the first half progressed with neither side registering a score, Twyford having the slightly better territorial advantage, a sharp break from Liam Yeo in the midfield following a lineout sliced the St Pauls defence wide open and allowed winger David Onyeme to touch down wide right - the first half ended at 5 - 0.
With the wind now favouring Twyford, Will Robinson took control from fly half kicking for territory and varying play well to pressurise St Pauls. Running the ball out from defence was the only option for St Pauls but the Twyford defence was more than a match with Alex Fan (No8) and centre pairing Mitchell Tamiau and Heath Stevens working impressively with the whole support of the team forcing St Pauls backwards.
Just about all the second half was played in the attacking zone and great credit to St Pauls for keeping out the Twyford attack through strong defence. Twyford added two further penalties through Will Robinson and Jack Mathews -Jolly to end the game at 11pts to nil.
This was very impressive performance with all players contributing in a very effective manner towards this important and hard fought victory, very much a team effort of which the 2009 academy apprentices squad should be very proud.
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