U9 Rugby: Final Report of the Michaelmas Term!
12 Dec 2014
Witham Hall 30
St Hugh’s 10
The boys put in a fantastic team performance against St Hugh’s on Saturday. Unfortunately, we got off to a very slow start and conceded early on to fall 5-0 behind. This was the shock that the boys needed, they again didn’t let their heads drop and really took the game to St Hugh’s. The off-loading in the tackle was superb and the increased size of the pitch suited Witham’s expansive game. At half time the boys found themselves 15-5 to the good but knew that they could not rest on their laurels as St Hugh’s had some very strong attacking players. In the second half, the boys started to make more first up tackles and started to knock St Hugh’s backwards. This led to a few spilt balls which were quickly pounced on by Witham boys. Finding ourselves playing a lot of rugby in our opponents half, we scored a couple more really well worked team tries, running forwards with real purpose and demonstrating a sound awareness of the support around. The final score was 30-10 to Witham, certainly the boys best performance of the season. Boys you have been an absolute pleasure to coach this term and I look forward to seeing you make the step up to Colts level.
Stamford Junior School 25
On a sunny Saturday afternoon the U9A rugby team made the short trip down the A1 to Stamford Junior School. The boys made a slow start to the game which allowed our opponents to take an early lead with a couple of really well worked tries. However, as the first half progressed, the U9A's got a foothold in the match and started to put together some excellent phases of rugby. This allowed the boys to get a lot of forward momentum and test the Stamford defence which, through sheer grit and determination held firm and at half time the score was 10-0. Always a tough fixture, the U9's knew that they had to pick themselves up at the break and after some encouraging words from Mr Wills they gave it their all in the second half. Hugo Shippey and Joshua Clarke made some very strong runs and were ably supported by Louis Batty and Guy Hurst who worked tirelessly to get Witham back in the game. Unfortunately for Witham, the Stamford defence held firm and caught the U9's out with a couple of breakaway tries which took the score to 20-0. However, Witham never gave up and kept trying to play attacking free flowing rugby with William Chatterton and Ben Price hitting the rucks hard in order to allow Witham to have quick ball. With time running out and the boys completely exhausted, Stamford scored one more try to win the game 25-0. They should certainly not be disheartened by this result. They gave it their all against very tough opposition, well done!
Witham Hall 50
Magdalene House 15
The U9A rugby team were in fine form and did themselves proud on a cold and wet afternoon at Witham. The boys knew that it was important to get off to a good start and they did, running in a couple of superb team tries. What was particularly pleasing about the U9A’s play in the first half was their ability to keep the ball alive and move it away from contact. This could only be achieved if every single member of the team took it upon themselves to support each other and call loudly for the ball, which they did all afternoon. This made it very difficult for Magdalene House to defend and at half time we found ourselves 30-0 to the good. In the second half, Magdalene House worked the Witham defence a lot more and although we defended extremely well, Magdalene’s persistence paid off and they scored a couple of impressive tries. The U9A’s responded strongly and managed to score a few more fantastic solo tries to end the game 50-15 to Witham. We now look forward to playing Stamford Junior School on Saturday. Well done to all those boys who played!
U9A&B v Wellow and Laxton:
Witham A 5-20 Laxton Junior School
Witham A 10-20 Wellow House
Laxton Junior School 10-10 Wellow House
Witham B 5-10 Laxton Junior School
Witham B 20-5 Wellow House
A fantastic afternoon was had by all those who took part in the U9A and U9B round robin rugby competitions. In the U9A competition, the Witham boys found themselves outmuscled at the break down and struggled to contain both Laxton and Wellow. However, they never let their heads drop and scored some really well worked tries to keep both games very close indeed. What was really pleasing to see was the way in which the boys kept the ball alive in contact, drawing in defenders and exploiting the space out wide. In the U9B competition, the boys started with a very close game against Laxton where one try decided the outcome through some super handling out on the wing. In their second game, the U9B’s were firing on all cylinders and put in a sterling performance against Wellow. Every single member of the team passed the ball incredibly well which led to some impressive team tries. An all-inclusive and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon had by all. A big thank you must go to all the parents for coming to support their schools.
Witham Hall 15
Magdalene House 5
After having plenty of away matches in the past few weeks, both U9 teams had the advantage of playing home. After a slow start, the boys then managed to get the ball away from contact and used the width of the pitch, George Vergerson-Rowley was able to score the opening try, putting Witham in front (5-0). There was then good assistance from Jake Lockett, Kit Chatterton and Richard Tomlinson who were able to keep the ball alive and in possession. This then enabled James Fairfax to score just before the half time whistle (10-0). A few minutes into the second half and Magdalene were out to get even. Felix Hamilton, Eddie Howells and Johnny Hall were doing well with keeping them at bay. Unfortunately they just squeezed in a try (10-5). However, with the help of year 3’s, Freddie St John and Jack Buik, who created some great opportunities for Witham to score off, the team never really looked back. Eventually Jack Buik scored in the far left corner to finish the game 15-5. A special mention goes to James Wass who made some great tackles and ran rings around the opposition. Good effort boys.
Witham Hall 50
St Hugh’s 10
The U9B took on St Hugh’s in their final game of the season. The game got underway in sensational fashion with George Alford running in a try straight from the start. The boys had to work hard to defend against a pacey opposition – James Wass and Johnny Hall in particular were outstanding in making tackles. The boys continued to dominate for most of the game, though St Hugh’s managed to score two good tries themselves. However, that wasn’t enough to hold the boys back as they ran in a total of 10 tries, with Georga Alford (4), George Vergerson-Rowley (2), Jack Braddock (2), James Wass (1), and Jack Buik (1) scoring. Special mention to Fred Shippey who, despite not scoring, led most of the breaks that resulted in tries!
Well done boys