Rugby Round-Up!

11 Dec 2015

2nd XV:

Witham Hall 20

Spratton Hall 5

With winds blowing a gale and the rain slamming down on the rather exposed 1st XV pitch at Spratton Hall, the Witham 2nd XV battled to dominate the game from the start and let the elements affect their game plan. 

There was a need to put Finn Cummins at fly half.  He performed this role with superb skill and determination, ably aided by the inside centre, Vyv Bewley who had such a terrific game both in attack and defence.   Moreover, the try saving tackles from Will Hazlewood and Finn highlighted the determination seen among the whole back line.  The third try from Finn Cummins started with a wonderful 50m evasive run to score under the posts, which was the ‘icing on the cake’ for him.

The forwards protected the ball and went forward positively, particularly noted in the 2nd row partnership of Joey Robinson and Rori Rodell.   The back row, effective at fixing the ruck and recycling the ball, which combined with excellent passing of the ball well out of the tackle, meant a final try was scored. Well done.

Colts A:

Witham Hall        15

Laxton JS             10

The Colts A rugby team continued their run of good form with a closely fought contest against a talented Laxton Junior School side. Both teams were evenly matched in the opening phases of the game with Laxton JS scoring first to go 5-0 up. However, the Colts never let their heads drop and through some magical handling by Max found themselves 10-5 up at half time. At half time the boys knew that this game was going to be won by tackling and rucking like they never had done before. Every single one of them hit the rucks well and created countless turnovers which led to Felix running in a superb try. 15-5 up with 10 minutes to go, Laxton JS was certainly still in the game and came up with an impressive team try of their own. A nervous few minutes followed but Oliver and Harry led the defensively line brilliantly and the Colts A team managed to hold on for a 15-10 win. A very even contest and one the boys can be immensely proud of. A big thank you must go to all the parents who came to support us.

Witham Hall        35

Stamford JS        20

 The Colts A rugby team put in a sterling performance against a well organised Stamford Junior School side on Saturday. Conceding a couple of tries early on, the Colts soon found their feet and started to play some superb free flowing rugby that was an absolute pleasure to watch. Every single member of the team was composed when in possession of the ball, keeping it alive in contact brilliantly. Defensively, after a nervous start, the boys really did put Stamford JS under a lot of pressure, closing down the space well and making their first up tackles time and time again. The final score was 35-20 to Witham in a game that could have gone either way with both sides playing some excellent rugby. We now look forward to finishing our final week of rugby on a high with fixtures against Laxton Junior School and St Hugh’s.   

Colts B:

Magdalene House 55

Witham Hall  20

The Colts select VII had a tough afternoon at Witham but persevered incredibly well. Although the Colts could not match Magdalene House physically their attitude and application was exemplary. Ludo Elborne had a very impressive afternoon running in a hat-trick and leading the team well as captain. Alex Spragg was equally impressive, never took a backward step, made tackle after tackle and has earned a call up to the Colts A team which he should be very proud of. The Colts now look forward to a block fixture against Stamford JS on Saturday which I am sure will be a very competitive afternoon for all. A big thank you must go to all the parents who came to support.

Witham 25

Laxton 15

On a large pitch, which favoured the Witham style of play, Witham started well putting lots of pressure on the Laxton defence, however the Laxton tackling was strong and they managed to keep the Witham attack at bay and scored a good try on the break.  From this Witham responded superbly, scoring a try almost immediately from the restart. Shortly after this Laxton re-established their lead only for Witham to pull back a further try and just on the stroke of half time Witham took the lead.

Witham then took control of the game with two tries immediately after the second half began, and despite the best efforts of Laxton the Witham defence was outstanding; with some ferocious tackling and superb defensive organisation.

U10A:

Laxton Junior  U10 A     3 tries

Witham Hall U10 A        7 tries

The U10 A boys got back to winning ways with a commanding performance at Laxton Junior School. After a slightly misfiring first half in which we built only a 2-1 lead, Witham stepped it up a gear in the second half to score five more excellent tries. The quality of Witham’s ball-handling was outstanding, with every boy playing their part in a real team performance. Our tries were scored by Will (2), Jack (2), Louis, Charlie and Guy. 

Witham Hall U10 A   2 tries

Stamford Junior       8 tries

The U10 A's four-match winning run came to an abrupt end under the grey skies of Stamford Junior School. The hosts began strongly and dominated the first half. Witham improved after the break but the result was never really in doubt. Our two tries were scored by Jack and Arthur.

U10B:

Witham wins v Magdalene House

Witham Hall U10 ‘B’ played host to Magdalane House. In a free-flowing and high scoring game the Witham Hall boys came out on top with a superb performance. With some outstanding tackling and some excellent offloading the Witham boys produced some excellent rugby scoring a total of twelve tries to Magdalane’s eight. A fantastic victory and an outstanding team performance in which every single player contributed, well done boys.

Witham loses v Stamford JS

The U10 ‘B’ boys made the short trip to Stamford JS. Witham had much of the early pressure but were unable to convert this to points. Stamford clearly had a very strong side and broke away to score two tries on the break. Throughout the contest the boys fought superbly. Despite being on the wrong end of the score-line, the last play of the game was the Witham boys driving a Stamford player into touch when the try seemed the likely outcome. This typified the never-say-die attitude of the boys and they were a credit to themselves and the school.

U9 Rugby:

Witham Hall U9A 70 – 45 Magdalene House 

On Wednesday 25th  November the U9A team went to Wisbech to play Magdalene House. It was end to end rugby from the start, with both teams showing great attack but then letting the opposition slip away in defence. Oscar Hanson was all over the field and making sure he kept Witham Hall in the game.  Charlie Selkin and Henry Famer also played well showing great offloads throughout the game. Although, Magdalene house took the lead at half time 30 – 20, the 2nd half saw Witham displaying much more flare with Oscar Hanson soring 4 tries, Fred Shippey 2, Jack Buik 3, Charlie Selkin 1, Henry Farmer 1 and James Hayle 1 try. However, regardless of the score Witham Hall did not let up with the defence getting better forcing the home side to create errors. Everyone in the U9A team did their part and played some great rugby. Well done boys!

Witham Hall U9B win v Magdalene House:

The Under 9’s enjoyed their trip to Magdalene house. Despite the cold weather they were very enthusiastic before the game. Unfortunately the opposition had even smaller numbers than predicted and now the game would be played 5 aside on a smaller pitch than preferred. This did not hinder our under 9’s, they started off the game brilliantly with Atan scoring with the first touch of the ball. After that it was a try scoring fest for Witham, with every team member scoring at least one try. Defence on occasions would go wandering, but with rolling subs everyone got a turn on and off the pitch at some point. Toby Hayle was awarded player of the match with superb defence and leadership. The final score was agreed as 17-6 Witham.