Witham Hall Rugby Update

03 Dec 2018

U13A

Result

Witham Hall 60-20 Stoneygate

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Witham came up against a physically big Stoneygate side, who had some strong runners, but teamwork and organisation won the day as all of the U13 squad enjoyed pitch time. After a slow start, the side produced some excellent running rugby to move in to a 20-0 lead just before half time. Player rotation throughout the rest of the game brought a more even contest, with both teams ready to run the ball from deep inside their own territory. This lead to some excellent tries by both teams, particularly across the second half.

Result

Witham Hall 15-25 Spratton Hall

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A superb game, in front of a large and appreciative crowd. A strong Spratton side denied Witham any possession for much of the first 10 minutes, but some outstanding defence was – remarkably, given the balance of possession - rewarded twice in the first half as Witham crossed for tries. Despite the half-time lead, the magnitude of the defensive effort was perhaps always likely to take its toll, and Spratton worked their way back to 10-10 with a quarter of the game remaining. Witham rallied, and entering the final stages Spratton held a 20-15 lead as both teams searched for a decisive score. The visitors sealed a compelling match with a well worked try, denying Witham any reward despite their best performance of the season, and one they could be very proud of.

Result

Witham Hall 30-10 Maidwell Hall

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The Witham side produced a magnificent performance in very difficult conditions to defeat a Maidwell Hall side enjoying an excellent season. Electing to play into a strong wind and driving rain, early defensive work was expected and it duly arrived. However, despite conceding an early score, tremendous tackling not only kept Witham in the game, but allowed the team to gain valuable ground in forcing mistakes. A sustained spell of Witham pressure just before half-time brought just rewards, and to be level at the mid-way point reflected the sustained efforts of all the players. With the elements in their favour, Witham seized the initiative with a superb 10 minute spell just after half-time, scoring three well-worked tries. Maidwell brought the score back to 20-10 as the game entered the final quarter, but the rest of the match was played deep in the Maidwell half and a late score sealed a tremendous team victory.

U12A

Report v Spratton Hall

On Saturday the U12A team welcomed Spratton Hall to Witham. Starting the game brightly, Witham put early pressure on the Spratton line, with Henry opening the scoring after just two minutes. Witham continued to place Spratton under huge pressure, playing some lovely, fluent rugby – orchestrated by Freddie at fly-half. Further tries were added by Arthur, Atan, James and Freddie. Witham went into half time with a commanding lead; however Spratton fought back in the second half, scoring a try themselves within the first two minutes. Despite the increased pressure from Spratton, Witham’s defence was superb and they were successful in shutting down the Spratton attacks. Further tries were added to the Witham total by Rupert and Freddie. A commanding and accomplished performance from the Witham boys.

Report v Maidwell Hall

All of the Year 7 boys were in action on a wet and windy afternoon at Witham. The U12As won many of the opening exchanges and what was particularly pleasing to see, were the excellent handlings skills on display. Time and time again, the ball was moved from one side of the pitch to the other, stretching Maidwell’s defence, which ultimately led to some superb team tries. The second half was a lot more attritional, with the breakdown fiercely contested. Maidwell committed large numbers in order to secure the ball and were starting to get over the gain line by playing direct rugby. However, the U12As’ defensive line held firm. The last five minutes of the game saw Witham take control again, upping their work rate and finishing with a flurry of tries. A comfortable win in the end but one the Year 7s can be very happy with.

Colts A

Laxton Junior School Festival Results

TPS 0-30 Witham Hall
Oakham 0-20 Witham Hall
Copthill 0-20 Witham Hall

Semi - Finals: Stamford 0–5 Witham Hall

Final: Bedford Modern 5–0 Witham Hall

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The Colts A went to the Laxton Rugby Tournament last week. In our first game, we played The Peterborough School, we started strongly against them, putting their defence under pressure quite a lot. They then tested our defence by breaking the gain line a few times, forcing Louis to make a few covering tackles. We then faced Oakham. They were strong and really made us work for the points. We had to defend incredibly well in the closing minutes. In our final game of the pool stages, we played Copthill. They started stronger than we did and really made us pay for our mistakes, leaving gaps in the defensive line. However, we worked our way back into the game and started putting together some pleasing phases. With us winning all of our group games we went into the Semi-Finals.

In the semi-finals we played Stamford. They were a very strong side and really made us work hard, putting us under pressure when they had the ball. With our determined approach, we worked hard as a team and went over the line for the only try in the game from a blistering run from Alfie. We were into the final!

In the final we played Bedford Modern. We started very strongly, keeping the ball in our hands and really testing their defence when we had the chance. Before we knew it, the ten minutes were up and we had to go to five minutes of extra time. They then really started to test our defence and we were making tackle after tackle, and with thirty seconds left on the clock, moved the ball through the hands and scored in the corner. A very enjoyable afternoon of which the boys should be incredibly proud.

Result

Witham Hall 30-10 Spratton Hall

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Witham Hall started strongly and set the tempo of the game in the opening exchanges. The Colts A were first on the scoreboard with a well-run try by Harry, backing himself all the way from the half way line. Spratton were hard opponents and really tested every part of our defence, exploiting gaps and rucking incredibly well. Witham managed to get through this and came out with a good win with great team work from both sides.

Result

Witham Hall 20-5 Maidwell Hall

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Witham started strongly in testing conditions and the match was well played by both sides. The boys got on the scoreboard first with excellent handling skills and good lines of running. Maidwell tested our defence with some good passing, moving the ball wide throughout, but we worked hard as a team and tackled consistently well. This ultimately led to a positive result – well done boys!

U10A v Stamford JS and Bedford Prep

Result

Stamford Junior U10A 5-30 Witham Hall U10A
Bedford Prep U10A 15-25 Witham Hall U10A

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Our U10A boys enjoyed a tough afternoon’s rugby in the chilling November gloom at Stamford Junior School. They first faced the hosts, against whom they comfortably won by six tries to one; the scorers were Hugo with three, Jack, Thomas M and Alfie. The second match was against a well organised and determined Bedford side, but Witham produced arguably their best display of the season so far to record a deserved win by five tries to three. Hugo claimed his second hat-trick of the day and Alfie chipped in with two. Well done – yet again – to the whole squad.

Result

Witham Hall U10A 0-25 Spratton Hall U10A

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Despite giving their all, the U10A boys succumbed to an outstanding Spratton side. The first half was a very close affair, with most of the action restricted to the middle third of the pitch. However, just before the interval, Spratton finally broke through with two quick-fire tries. The second half followed a similar pattern, with Witham enjoying plenty of possession but unable to penetrate the merciless visiting defence. Thomas M came closest to scoring when he was tackled just short of the line after a tremendous sprint down the wing. After their win at the Rugby School festival a few weeks ago, Spratton remain the only school to have beaten our U10A team this season. Well done to our players-of-the-match: Hugo and Alfie.

Result

Maidwell Hall U10A 20-50 Witham Hall U10A

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Our U10A team produced a dominant second half performance to eventually overpower Maidwell in the Northamptonshire gloom. In driving wind and rain, Witham failed to attack or defend with their usual fluency during a poor first half, which ended with the scores level at 20-20. However, after the interval our boys rediscovered their mojo and worked as a team to score a further six tries – the hosts never even entered Witham’s half. Our scorers were Hugo (3), Alfie (2), Ralph (2), Jack, Ben and Harry.

U10B

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Witham Hall 15-25 Stamford JS

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In glorious conditions for rugby, the U10Bs put together their best team performance of the season and were very unfortunate to come away with nothing to show for it. We started off slowly, conceding almost straight off the kick-off thanks to some lackadaisical defending; this seemed to wake us up, and for the rest of the match we were completely on our game. Our running was direct and purposeful and we made ground every time we had the ball in hand, only to be denied on several occasions by some terrific defence from Stamford. When it came time to defend, our boys were fantastic; they constantly encouraged and cajoled each other, never letting their heads drop. Spurred on by some terrific support from the touchline, we mounted one final push only to fall just short as the final whistle blew. It was an agonising defeat, but we put together a wonderful team performance that every single player can be proud of. Well done, boys.

Result

Witham Hall 0-30 Spratton Hall

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Despite putting in a commendable and gritty performance, the U10Bs were unable to stop themselves from slipping to an emphatic defeat at the hands of Spratton Hall. Right from the first whistle, we could not cope with their aggression and intensity, both with and without the ball. We struggled to put any passes together and our attack looked disjointed throughout. On the defensive side we fared better, every one of our boys played with heart and never shied away from the challenge that faced them. Every single player can be proud of the effort and character they showed on Saturday, they were a credit to the School and each other.

U9 Witham Hall Festival

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The U9A and U9B teams had a wonderful morning on Saturday, playing in three matches against Fairfield, Laxton and Stamford Junior School. The U9A matches were very physical ones and the boys had to work incredibly hard in defence to thwart opposition attacks. In the U9B’s, things were a lot more open, with teams running in a lot of wonderful solo tries. End to end play certainly kept all the watching parents very entertained throughout the mornings play. The festival finished with all the boys very tried but in good spirits; the camaraderie and support of each other really was great to see. Well done to all the U9s who now have a festival at Fairfield to look forward to.

U9s @ Fairfield

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The U9s put in a fine display at Fairfield on Thursday afternoon, coming away with some super results. The U9A game was again very physical and there was some excellent tackling on display from both sides which made it hard to score. The U9Bs’ game was also incredibly tough with some strong tackles going in throughout the afternoon. In the U9C team game, things were a lot more open and many tries were scored through strong running and quick feet. It was a memorable afternoon for many reasons but what will live long in the memory, was the behaviour of all the U9 boys. They did not put a foot wrong all afternoon and should be commended for this. Again we were well supported and a big thank you must go to all the parents who have supported the boys so well all season.