Colts Rugby Report

23 Sep 2014

Colts A at the Rugby School U11 Prep School Sevens Tournament

Our boys gave their all against some strong teams at Rugby School's 7-a-side tournament. After our group matches against the impressive Chesham Prep and Magdalene House, we found ourselves against Bilton Grange in the semi-final of the bowl competition. Witham edged this close-fought and bruising encounter by a single and well-deserved try – and thereby earned a place in the final! Sadly, it was not to be, as Akeley Wood took the trophy by three tries to one. Nevertheless, our boys can take heart from some performances of tremendous character in the face of strong opposition. Well done to the whole squad: Archie Bingham (c), Robert Tombs, Felix Starkey, Will Robertson, Oliver Allport, Max St John, Harry Gillett and Tom Davison. 

Witham Hall 0-21 Chesham Prep
Witham Hall 0-28 Magdalene House

Bowl semi-final
Witham Hall 7-0 Bilton Grange

Bowl final
Witham Hall 7-21 Akeley Wood

Witham Hall Colts A     7
S. Anselm’s Colts A     22

 The Colts A went down in an honourable defeat at home to an impressive S. Anselm’s side. The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges and deservedly took the lead midway through the first half. This spurred Witham into action; the score was soon levelled through an Archie Bingham try following some good work by the forwards. However, S. Anselm’s regained the lead on the stroke of half-time following a line-out close to the Witham try line. Two further tries from the visitors in the second half put the result beyond any doubt, but our boys can take pride in the manner in which they never gave up and kept battling until the final whistle.

Maidwell Hall   42
Witham Hall      0

The Colts A found the going tough away to an impressive Maidwell side. The hosts played well and deserved their six converted tries in what was a dominant performance. Positives for Witham included a typically robust performance from skipper Archie Bingham and an encouraging display from Oliver Allport at scrum-half.

Colts B

Witham Hall 0
Spratton Hall - 42

The Colts B started the game against Spratton extremely well by keeping possession of the ball through excellent rucking, particularly from Alexander Howells.  They passed the ball with confidence and communicated effectively.  Unfortunately, the two occasions when they lost the ball resulted in Spratton’s quick player to break away and score a try.  There was some immense tackling from Sam Smith at Full back to save a couple of further tries. 

The second half was tough because Spratton really did step up their game and ran home a number of tries.  It was difficult for Witham to make the tackles because they gave too much room to the opposition.  However, I was very proud of the boys because they made sure their heads did not drop and they kept going right to the end.  Harry Jones and Ewan Rodell made some excellent darting runs from fly half and scrum half respectively. 

It was a promising first game despite the defeat and I am looking forward to every player improving their game throughout the season.

Witham Hall 0
Stamford Junior School - 50

The Colts B faced a tough opposition comprising entirely of big Year 6 boys who were well drilled and versed in the game of rugby.  I was extremely proud of the way they defended by making important tackles; unfortunately the amount of tackling they needed to do throughout the game left every player exhausted.

Witham Colts B did have periods in the game when they maintained position through good passing and rucking but they were unable to transfer it into moving the ball wide to find space for scoring.

Every player kept their heads high right to the end of the match.  It was a tough game and there is plenty to do if the boys are to improve their game of rugby. 

Witham Hall 19
Maidwell Hall - 21

The Colts B started the game with a level of determination not witnessed in the previous two fixtures and managed to sustain it for the whole forty minutes!

Two early tries from Ewan Rodell (converted by George Weaving) were the culmination of fabulous recycled ball either from a ruck or offloading before going into contact.  The boys communicated with each other much better and moved the ball away from the contact better than before; more improvement in this aspect of their game is still going to help them against bigger opposition. 

I was most pleased with Finn Wass, Freddie Sumner, Alexander Howells and the rest of the forwards because they never gave up and often won the ball from the opposition through sheer determination to steal it!  There was some strong and fast running from Alex Spragg (who also put in a big try saving tackle towards the end of the game) and Sam Beattie on the other wing.

Alexander Howells scored Witham’s final try which came from a line out and he ran strongly for twenty metres before scoring under the posts.  The boys were unfortunate to be on the receiving end of a narrow defeat, especially after a long journey and dominating most of the possession of the ball.

Well done boys!