Witham Hall Rugby Report
02 Oct 2015
1st XV Rugby:
Witham Hall wins v St John’s
The 1st XV achieved a good 40 point victory on their travels in a game characterised by a slow start, but an outstanding second half period that saw them score three superb, long range tries in 10 minutes.
A combination of over ambition and strong St John’s defence brought about a first half lead, but at the same time a definite need to raise the performance level. Turning round to play down the slope, the boys did just that, and the ’purple patch’ showed just what they are capable of at their best. The key now is to bring increasing consistency and maturity to their game – which the side is very capable of doing.
2nd XV Rugby:
Witham Hall loses v St John’s
A disappointing result of 19-28, considering we dominated the first half. Unfortunately, too many penalties were given against us in the 2nd half due to a lack of discipline which led to the opposition scoring one or two easy tries. This was a shame given the excellent performance the previous week. There is much to work on but the determination to succeed is very evident among the entire 2nd team.
Witham Hall 10-35 Gresham’s
The Colts A put in a sterling performance on Saturday against a well organised Gresham’s team. After a very close opening couple of minutes, Gresham’s scored first with a wonderful team try. However, the boys responded brilliantly and through Joe Atkinson scored a superb try of their own down the right wing; Oliver Allport also ran in a second score for the Colts A to put Gresham’s under further pressure. Rucking ferociously at the break down, the Colts A team were starting to push hard to draw level. At half time, Gresham’s were 20-10 to the good with it all to play for. A quick turnaround saw Gresham’s again put the Colts A under a lot of pressure in the second half and unfortunately as tired legs took over, we conceded a few more tries. At full time the score was 35-10 to Gresham’s. The boys should not be disappointed with this result as they are starting to move in the right direction and really gel as a team. A big thank you must again go to all the parents who came to support the boys.
Witham Hall 15-15 St John’s Cambridge
The Colts A rugby team put in a solid performance against St John’s Cambridge on a sunny afternoon at Witham. A bright start saw Felix Starkey and Oliver Allport run in two excellent team tries where the boys stretched the St John’s defence incredibly well. St John’s responded with a well worked try of their own to leave the score at 10-5 at the half way point. After a few stern words from Mr Wills the boys knew that the game was far from over. St John’s started the second half strongly, moving the ball neatly through the hands to level the score at 10-10. With time running out the Colts A team showed superb character and after four strong phases of rugby, Rory Pepper dived over in the corner to take the score to 15-10. St John’s again responded with real grit and determination and scored a late breakaway try to finish the game at 15-15. What has been most pleasing to see is the excellent progress the boys continue to make against tough opposition week in week out. Well done boys!
Witham Hall 35
St John’s 30
Witham Colts ‘B’ produced a very good performance against St John’s, Cambridge to maintain their 100% start to the season. Excellent attacking play was underpinned by some superb defence. Captain Sam Beattie, once again led from the front. Sam Smith was a constant menace to the opposition and all members of the side played some excellent rugby. The highlight was Hamish Gordon-Stewart’s try which went through the hands of every member of the side before Hamish touched down.
Witham were forced into some resolute defensive work to hold off a spirited St John’s comeback but the boys weren’t to be denied. Final score Witham Hall 35 – 30 St John’s, Cambridge.
Witham Hall 5
The U10 A boys achieved the victory their early season efforts have merited with a pleasing performance at Stoneygate. Witham controlled the game from start to finish, attacking with determination and defending solidly. Will Chatterton and Louis Batty each scored two tries, and Charlie Rymer scored one. Well played!
Witham Hall 7
Grace Dieu Manor 10
The U10 A lost an entertaining match by ten tries to seven against Grace Dieu Manor. The visitors took an early two-try lead but Witham clawed their way back into the match with some positive attacking play. The game was fast and free-flowing with both teams’ attacks dominating the oppositions’ defences. Despite seven superb Witham tries – shared between Will Chatterton, Charlie Rymer, Louis Batty and Jack Cummins – Grace Dieu held on for a deserved victory.
Witham Hall 55
Grace Dieu 40
On Wednesday 30th September the U9A team were lucky enough to play in what were perfect conditions for rugby. As play commenced both Witham Hall and Grace Dieu scored some quick fire tries and it looked like it was going to be a fast paced match. Witham Hall let their guard down and Grace Dieu were able to score 2 unannounced tries in the space of minutes. Freddie St John, Henry Farmer and Jack Buik were able to even the scores at half time making it 25-25.
With a quick drink and a team talk Witham Hall looked like a force to be reckoned with as the second half began. Oscar Hanson, James Hayle and Freddie St John again were able to pin their ears back and help put the home side in front. The defence also improved with Fred Shippey, Jack Braddock, Charlie Selkin and Atan Hussain putting their foot down and making it hard for the opposition to break through. Special Mention to Rafe Chawner and Angus Gordon-Stewart for their quick hands looking to get the ball away from contact. With a final team try to seal the deal on the stroke of full time Witham Hall came out on top 55-40. Well done boys!
Under 9 B:
Witham Hall 11
Grace Dieu 5
This was a great first opening match for the Under 9 B side. For this first game, many of the boys were nervous but all were excited! The boys got off to a good start with Henry Collet opening the game with a runaway try. Both teams were scoring one after the other up until half time when it was 5-5. After a good team talk at half time from Aiden Robinson, captain for the day, the boys went on to run in 6 unanswered tries! It was a great all round performance from the team with Wilf being solid in defence and Aiden and Henry scoring 8 of the 11 tries – 5 of which were Henry’s. A great opening and most satisfying performance – well done!