Witham Hall Half Term Rugby Update

04 Nov 2019

U12As v Bedford School 

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The much-anticipated match against Bedford lived up to expectations, despite the revised triangular format which saw tow Bedford sides, made up of a mixture of As and Bs, play against Witham. Captain Alfie led the Witham team out to a determined start which enabled Harry to score an early try. Dominance across the pitch led to an impressive display all round, with Austin, Archie and Freddie making a positive impact up front and some fluent running from the back line, along with solid defending from Louis, made space for both Harry and Alfie to cross the line and a secure a three tries to nil victory. Bedford were much more physical in the second match. Despite this, Witham performed with great heart and determination against a team that were much bigger and stronger across the board, a serious injury unfortunately prevented Witham from levelling the scoreboard. With every member of the Witham 12 under pressure the defence held strong but Bedford manage to convert their opportunities and ended up two tries to nil winners on the day. A match the Witham 12 can be proud off, a performance full of character. 

 

Colts A 

Result 

Witham Hall 20 

Bedford Modern 20 

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After a long bus journey, the Colts A team started slowly in what was always going to be a closely fought encounter between two evenly matched sides. Bedford Modern started very well indeed. A couple of chip and chance opportunities saw them take a 10-0 lead at half time. With heads still on the bus, it was time for the Witham boys to switch on, hit the rucks and be more aggressive in the tackle. As the second half progressed, the boys were piecing together more and more phases and putting the Bedford defensive line under a lot of pressure. Pleasingly, this led to a couple of well worked team tries. A tactical kicking game led to lots of success, with Alfie running in two superb solo tries. With the score at 20-15 in Witham’s favour and one-minute left on the clock, things were finely balanced. A late try from Bedford saw the final score level at 20-20. An excellent afternoon and a good way to finish this half of term, losing only one game. 

 

Colts B  

Result  

Witham Hall 40 

Bedford Modern 15 

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In a match that was more competitive than the score line suggests, the Colts Bs fell to defeat at the hands of Bedford Modern. A slow start led to plenty of careless mistakes in a match that was a world away from the intensity of the previous two fixtures. Some lackadaisical tackling meant that Witham had scarcely stepped off the coach before conceding three tries. Resisting Bedford’s forward pressure for a time Witham were able to put together a good piece of play that led to a try, and ended the half five tries behind and in need of a big performance in the second half. Fortunately, the boys rallied around each other, crossing for a try shortly after half-time and looking back to their usual selves. Witham battled manfully against their bigger and stronger opponents and looked a changed team as they scored again with ten minutes left to play. Unfortunately, with the ball in hand Witham were unable to stop their opponents and two tries from Bedford put the game completely out of reach. The team can take pride in their performance in the second half. 

 

U10As  

Result 

Witham Hall 35 

Bedford Modern 10 

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A promising start against Bedford Modern was quickly undermined by a passage of unforced errors, Witham guilty of losing formation and allowing Bedford Modern to reply with wave after wave of attack. Despite this, it was Witham who struck first, a good run from Arthur S finishing in a try. A further try from James W soon followed but Witham still weren't fully focussed on the task ahead and let Bedford reduce the lead to one try. It was Bedford that scored first after half time too to level the scores. Witham were quick to refocus though and five Witham tries subsequently followed from Henry K, Arthur S, Harry W and Charlie C. A final try, again from Charlie C, finished off an impressive closing passage of play for Witham, the final score 35-10. 

 

U10Bs v Bedford Modern 

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Bedford started briskly and scored within the first few minutes. Witham responded well and drove positively towards the try line, and enjoyed a number of attacking phases but couldn’t quite score to draw level. As the game progressed, the tackling improved in its effectivenesslimiting Bedford’s attack. Passing became more accurate too as time progressed, but highlighted the need to work on positional awareness. All played their part in this match as a team and although they didn’t come away with the result they wanted, they have made sound progress this half of term.