Fakenham U15's hosted KES for the eagerly anticipated semi-final of the Plate Competition. Having lost previously to KES a few years ago, the boys were itching to set the record straight, but knew they would be in for a tough game. Despite being without solid prop, James-Elliot Jolly, the team still boasted a squad of 21; showing how keen the boys are to perform.
The game started at a very fast pace with Fakenham breaking some tackles and rucking to great effect, resulting in several early tries for the hosts. The half continued in similar fashion and it meant that all players were able to be rotated and play in different positions. Despite almost getting to our try line, KES couldn't land that killer blow, which resulted in Fakenham going in 28-0 at half time.
Due to possessing such a strong defence and being so far ahead, Mr Savage was able to give new experiences to different players, with some having never played in these before. The game continued in the same way, with the KES players unable to stop the relentless attacks, particularly Joe Lockhart. Tackle of the match has to go to Erikas Radzius who stood toe-to-toe with their biggest player and forced him backwards in a bone crunching tackle.
The game finished 55-0 to Fakenham and whilst KES had started to tire towards the end, the performance level sustained by the Fakenham players was quite simply fantastic and most definitely the best they have ever played. This was commented on by several parents too.
The boys have the final against local rivals Alderman Peel High School on Tuesday 27th March at Fakenham Rugby Club, where they are hoping to lift the trophy. Please do come and support the team on this day (3.45pm kick off), as it is sure to be a great game.