Rugby teams impress!

13 Nov 2015

2nd XV:

Witham Hall 14

Stamford 5

A repeat performance of the 2nd XV victory against Gresham’s was what I asked of the boys and they were determined to do just that. The entire first half was dominated by Witham rucking beyond the point of contact and recycling the ball.  This led to several phases of rugby and terrific handling which ultimately resulted in our first try.  More determination and slick passing led to Witham’s second try.  Both tries were converted by Harry Gillett, which was a wonderful achievement considering the high winds.

The winning formula was the back-row combination of Sacha Howells, Will Robertson and Toby Coulson, all of whom tackled effectively, attacked positively and did everything they could to steal or recycle the ball for Witham. It was a hugely improved performance on the game against St Johns and this is what it is all about – making progress!

Witham Hall 24

Oakham 15

Witham faced a determined Oakham team.  However, Witham started on the front foot and remained on it throughout the entire game.  They rucked strongly and played to their strengths often resulting in breaking the gain line.  There was plenty of desire to win from each and every Witham player; this was no more evident in the team work to move the ball away from the contact quickly.  One of Witham’s strengths is their ability to offload the ball under pressure and this was done on many occasions with fine precision. 

The final try to win 24-15 was achieved following 7 phases of rugby, sucking in the opposition at the contact and passing the ball wide quickly to score because of the overlap. This was a terrific result and the performance highlighted a lot of improvement from every player.

Colts A:

Witham Hall 45

Grace Dieu 5

The Colts made a superb start to the contest, dominating the early stages of the games with strong tackling and hard running. Witham took an early lead and continued to press home this advantage with some excellent tries. Half time score Witham 30 – Grace Dieu.

The second half was a slightly different story, despite Witham’s continued dominance they were made to work much harder for their points, with a much sterner Grace Dieu defence keeping Witham at bay. However the pressure Witham continued to pile on Grace Dieu eventually told and despite a late consolation try from our visitors Witham came out on top comfortable winners. Final score Witham 45 – 5 Grace Dieu.

Witham Hall 45

Maidwell Hall 0

The Colts A team finished the first half of term with an impressive win over Maidwell Hall. What was most pleasing to see was the way in which the boys moved the ball through the hands, stretching the Maidwell defence time and time again. Oliver, Max, Joseph, Harry, Felix and Sam all scored one try apiece, running strong straight lines and picking out gaps in the Maidwell defence. Ludo then finished the game with a brace of tries that left the final score at 45-0. I have been most impressed with the way in which the Colts A have bounced back after some very difficult results and they should now be looking to really push on in the second half of term.

Witham Hall 45

Leicester Grammar J 10

 The Colts A team were in fine form on an overcast afternoon at Leicester Grammar JS. The boys started the game brightly scoring a couple of well worked team tries. However, this led to some complacency and towards the end of the first half they conceded two tries. At the half way point the colts were 20-10 to the good with plenty of work to do. In the second half, the boys really found their rhythm, keeping the ball alive in the contact area incredibly well and moving the ball wide early, which allowed Harry and Joseph to use their speed to good effect. Felix and Ludo had their best games in a Colts A shirt and really shone throughout, ably supported by Max and Oli. Edward and George were again ferocious at the break down, winning the Colts A team a lot of clean ball. Boys in the second half I could not have asked more of you, you put in a superb performance, well done.

Colts A/B mini tournament:

Results Round 1

 Witham Hall (2) 30           Witham Hall (1) 25

Wellow House   0              Heritage Park     5

Results Round 2

Heritage Park   15             Witham Hall (1) 0

Wellow House 5               Witham Hall (2) 0

Results Round 3

Witham Hall (1) 25           Heritage Park     0

Wellow House  0              Witham Hall (2) 30

 On a wet and windy afternoon it was fantastic to see all the Colts boys giving it their all against Wellow House and Heritage Park in a round-robin tournament. In the first round of matches both Witham teams got off to a steady start but needed to move the ball a lot earlier to a team mate in space. After a stern talking to from Mr Wills, this started to happen a lot more and we played some wonderful rugby. In the second round of matches Heritage Park and Wellow House found themselves in a closely fought contest that could have gone either way. On the other pitch, the two Witham teams were in a ferocious battle, giving nothing away and defending superbly which ultimately led to a 0-0 draw. In the final round of matches both Witham Hall teams had really found their stride and comfortably won each match without conceding any further tries. All the boys had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and should be very proud of the way they conducted themselves both on and off the pitch.

 Colts B:

Witham Hall 35

Leicester Grammar JS 10

On Wednesday 11th November the Colts ‘B’ made the trip to Leicester Grammar School, keen to continue the 100% record they have achieved so far this term.

In a scrappy first half Witham had most of the play, putting plenty of pressure on the Leicester line; however poor hands often thwarted positive build up play. However, despite the disjointed nature of the half Witham went in to half time leading 15-5.

The second half saw great improvement from the Witham boys, with improved handling and offloading teamed with some hard running. This allowed Witham to take control of the game. Highlight of the match had to be a length of the field try that saw Alex Spragg field a kick-off on his own goal line, step through several Leicester tackles to offload to Ben Armitage on half-way, who then took the ball on further and offloaded out of the tackle to allow Sam Beattie to score in the opposite corner to which the move began. Final score Leicester Grammar 10; Witham Hall 35.

This was a superb performance from the ‘B’s which has kept that 100% record intact with plenty of the boys pushing hard for a spot in the ‘A’s.