Witham Hall Rugby Update
15 Nov 2019
The heavy rain which led up to the game made for the most challenging conditions of the season to date, added to which the Witham side made hard work of achieving victory. However, the attacking threat the side carries was again clear, with tries again coming from all quarters. Lapses of concentration meant other opportunities went missing which, coupled with defensive errors, will ensure the preparation for the visit of Oundle next week will need to be precise.
Worksop College 0
A large squad of 16 travelled to Worksop, captained by Harry. With such numbers and the desire for everyone to get plenty of game time it was always going to be a match of changes. Its worthy of note that the players attitude around this inclusive policy was excellent. The pitch was heavy, but Witham has been the case to date this season, started strongly, as Seb bagged the first of his three tries. Forwards and backs worked well together, which allowed Alfie and Harry to join the try scorers. Oliver, again tackling well, Ben fresh back from injury and Archie as ever working hard, the half time score was 25-0. Witham started slowly in the second half but, helped with great performances from Johnny, Theo, Isaac, and the vastly improving Caleb, two more tries were added with a long range try scored by Hugo, which I’m sure will live long in the memory. A solid performance and a great attitude displayed by every member. Well Done. Keep up the good work.
Colts A Rugby @ Leicester Grammar Junior School Festival
Witham Hall 20-0
Witham Hall 5-5 Stamford Junior School
Witham Hall 25-0 Fairfield
Witham Hall 15-5 Brooke Priory
Witham Hall 20-0 Radcliffe College
Witham Hall 20-0 Leicester Grammar
The Colts returned to action at the annual Leicester Grammar Junior School Festival. Six matches saw all play a lot of rugby in challenging and wet conditions. In the early rounds a win over and a draw with Stamford saw the Colts A team get off to a good start. A real feature was the defensive effort, with no missed tackles made, which was wonderful to see. Tight games with Fairfield and Brooke followed, where in both, the contest at the breakdown was ferocious. Pleasingly, even with a wet ball, all the boys moved it effectively to utilise the space out wide with some strong lines being run. In the final two games, with legs tiring, everyone kept working hard for one another, which led to two 20-0 victories to finish a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. A big thank you must go to all the parents who came to support and Leicester Grammar for hosting.
Colts B Rugby @ Leicester Grammar Junior School Festival
In wet and miserable conditions, the Colts Bs put together some strong performances and showed just how much they have progressed over the course of this season. With the ball in hand we troubled all our opponents; our direct running and ferocious rucking meant that we scored at least one try in each of our 4 fixtures. As the afternoon went on, we gained more and more confidence from the way we were playing and had some truly impressive periods of attacking rugby. Where we perhaps fell short was our defensive organisation; however, throughout the afternoon every person in the team was always playing for each other and they can take great heart from the way they conducted themselves throughout the afternoon. Well done, boys.
U10A Rugby Witham Hall U10 Festival
The U10As didn't disappoint the home crowds as they hosted Brooke Priory, Leicester Grammar Junior School, Bedford Prep, Laxton Junior School and Stamford Junior School in an U10 festival. A rest game for the first scheduled fixture allowed Witham to assess their opposition and it proved helpful in their opening fixture against Brooke Priory. A 25-0 victory started the day well. A tougher fixture against Leicester Grammar School ensured the U10As were prepared for the test against Bedford, the only opposition in the season to date that have prevented a win. An additional ten minutes finished a 0-0 draw, despite Witham spending the share of the match in the attacking half, a testament to the Bedford defence. A loss of concentration against Laxton saw the team battle for a 25-15 victory. A tough game against Stamford finished off a superb afternoon of rugby. The last fixture across all pitches and worth waiting for. Stamford were a strong outfit, but Witham, buoyed from their earlier success in the day, fought well to earn themselves a draw and an unbeaten day.
U9A and B Rugby Witham Hall Festival
Witham hosted an U9 Rugby festival in the second half of the Michaelmas Term. Matches were played against Stamford Junior School, Bedford Prep and Laxton Junior School. In challenging conditions, all the boys persevered well and the progress they made was tremendous to see. What were obvious throughout, were the strong ball carrying skills and greatly improved passing. An area still to work on moving forward is tackling. A big thank you must go to all the parents who cheered the boys on during the three rounds of matches.