Junior Boys’ Rugby Report

24 Nov 2015

U8 Rugby

Witham Hall   9 tries

Wellow           7 tries

This was a very exciting and close match involving end-to-end action. Witham were one try down at Half Time, and were to play uphill for the Second Half. However, the whole team rose to this challenge, and at the final whistle were the victors, winning by 9 tries to 7. Cecil Taylor and Freddie Hobill provided superb defence by ensuring that they spread wide to tag. Isaac Kendon-Futado was quick to tag and scored an excellent try. Harry Spragg provided impressive snaking runs and was rewarded with 1 try. Angus McKay and Archie Taylor were swift and deadly in attack, often outflanking the opposition, and running in 7 tries between them. Well done, boys from 3H, on an impressive win.

Witham Hall     12

St Hugh’s          12

The Under 8 Boys team from 3B travelled to St Hugh’s for their first Rugby match of their Witham career. After an interesting journey where the boys were entertained by Mrs Dawes the boys arrived in an excited mood. Time was taken to ensure boots were tied tightly and after the team talk the boys took to the field. The action quickly moved from end to end with both teams having long periods of possession. Oliver Graham, Hugo Dunn, Johnnie Gretton and Percy Robb  passed the ball effectively and their speed meant that they scored a number of tries. In defence Alfie Spilsby made some very clean tags which helped Witham gain repossession of the ball. William Palmer Smith and Leo Page worked hard both in defence and attack in order to help the team score some impressive tries. The game was very even and the result was a very fair reflection of the game. 


Witham Hall 25

Wellow House 10

It was the first match after half term and Witham Hall were keen to get things off to a good start. The first 5 minutes of the match were stale mate, with Wellow House showing good defence in their own half. However, suddenly Henry Farmer found a gap in the opposition’s defence and scored the opening try in the corner. Another was then scored only minutes later by Oscar Hanson and then again another from Henry Farmer. This made the score 15-0 at half time.

The second half saw Wellow House came out guns blazing, and it tested the Witham defence. After a long spell of phases Wellow House got the ball wide and scored in the corner. Then they scored again making it 10-15! But Witham were not finished yet. Making great passes all game, Fred Shippey and James Hayle set up Oscar for his 2nd try of the match to extend their lead. Freddie St John put the nail in the coffin, as he bulldozed his way over the line at full time to make the final score 25-10. Special mention to Jack Braddock and Charlie Selkin for their sterling runs with the ball and Jack Buik for making the most tackles for the Witham Hall side. A convincing win for Witham!

Witham Hall 65

Peterborough 55

Witham Hall U9A rugby hosted Peterborough, in what was their first match of the season playing Tag Rugby. It was end to end stuff, with both teams scoring tries one after the other in the first 5 minutes. Oscar Hanson, Jack Buik and James Hayle got the hosts off to a flying start showing great footwork and scoring nice solo tries. The 1st half finished with Witham in front 35-25.

At the start of the second half Witham picked up where they left off. Jack Braddock, right from the start, managed to weave his way through the Peterborough defence scoring what was a great try. Also scoring were Fred Shippey, Aidan Robinson, Rafe Chawner and Henry Famer. A special mention goes to Charlie Selkin and Freddie St John who showed determination in working the ball up the field passing to team mates, and running back to defend their try line. Peterborough did look like they were getting back in the game, but Witham managed to hold them out at full time 65-55.

Well done Witham!

Witham Hall               30

Leicester Grammar JS 20

The U9A squad got the game off to a good start working the ball up to the opposition’s try line. Both Oscar Hanson and Freddie St John crashed over to give Witham a good lead. However, through poor defence with a lack of commitment in the tackle, Leicester was back in the game at 10-10 at half time.

The 2nd half was much better with Henry Farmer and Charlie Selkin making metres with every run with the ball. Aidan Robinson and Fred Shippey also played their part working extra hard in the defensive line giving the home team no metres. James Hayle and Rafe Chawner showed great hands moving the ball away from contact letting Jack Buik put the nail in the coffin scoring the final try at full time: Witham 30 – 20 Leicester GS. Special mention goes to Jack Braddock for his support when attacking and showing good technique when tackling.

U9A&B to Stamford JS Festival:

With all the year 4 boys being picked to play in the Stamford Rugby festival they were keen to be able to play in mixed ability groups against some quality sides.

The two teams all played 3 games, firstly against Bedford JS, then Wellingborough and then the last game was against Stamford JS. As the day went on both teams were playing some really good rugby with both tackling and offloading improving!

It was a great day and both Mr Wills and I were impressed at how Witham managed themselves on and off the pitch. I would like to thank the parents for coming to support on what was a fantastic morning!


Witham Hall wins v The Peterborough School

The under 9B team had their first taste of tag rugby and did very well, narrowly edging out The Peterborough School in an end-to-end contest. All the boys contributed to a fine team effort and the difference between the two teams was only the familiarity of Witham with support play ensuring that a high proportion of breaks were finished off with tries. Henri Britton distributed the ball well; Toby showed a real instinct for the try line, George P and Ned combined well all afternoon with Attan really stamping his mark on the game with some positive breaks and great finishes.

Witham Hall                          40

Leicester Grammar JS         25

The U9B’s put in a sterling performance against Leicester Grammar JS on an overcast Thursday afternoon. In a very open and entertaining game the U9Bs ran strongly with the ball in two hands and looked after it very well in contact. What was most impressive was their off-loading in the tackle, keeping the ball alive at all times and moving it into space. Leicester Grammar certainly pushed the U9Bs and scored some well worked tries of their own to draw the scores very close together in the last five minutes. However, the boys showed real resilience and managed to keep ahead with some wonderful late tackles to win by 45-25. A big thank you must go to all the parents who came to support us on a very cold afternoon.