Boys’ Rugby Report

02 Oct 2014

WITHAM 2ND XV:

Witham Hall 2nd XV 24
St. Hugh’s  43
Tries: R. Rodell, W. Chandler, N. Cooper & C. Wass
Conv. W. Chandler (2)

Playing in a truncated 12-a-side format with a squad of 19 did make for some positional compromises, and inevitably the starting team did not gel immediately which allowed St Hugh’s to get a storming start. After conceding three quick tries, Witham consolidated and started to get some territory and possession with scrum half Will Chandler getting some quicker ball from his forwards. Just before half time Rori Rodell scored a real winger’s try, squeezing over in the corner after some slick hands down the blind side.

In the second half multiple substitutions meant another shake up but the momentum that had built in the last five minutes of the first half was maintained with a bullish run by Eshan Mehta getting us on the front foot from the restart. What followed was a very pleasing riposte by the Witham boys who tore into the opposition with gusto; Frankie Atkinson, Max Shippey and Noah Cooper punched huge holes and St Hugh’s were on the back foot for much of the half. Will Chandler was held up twice over the line after scoring a fine individual effort, Noah smashed his way to the line to make it three and in the last minute of the game Callum Wass, playing in a very unfamiliar winger’s role, stretched and dabbed down a fourth score to complete a strong rally by the boys.

WITHAM COLTS B:

Witham Hall 24
Heritage Park School 7

The Colts B deserve this win following two heavy defeats and one narrow defeat last weekend. It has come from plenty of hard work on the games field and a desire to improve their rugby skills.  I was most pleased with the strong running from Ben Marshall, Freddie Sumner, Ollie Rymer and Alexander Howells.  The back line received more of the ball because the forwards recycled it better through some hard rucking.  The first two tries came from Ollie Rymer who had scored following some strong running to break tackles out wide.  The opposition were very adept at tackling which made it hard to score.  Harry Jones converted a couple of the tries, one of which was following his own excellent burst to score from fly half.  Rory Pepper was the final try scorer and again, took the ball forward very strongly which proved too intimidating for the opposition.

Every player did their best very best in attack but there are still some significant improvements which need to be made in defence, most notably when it comes to tackling.

Well done boys on a good win.

WITHAM U9A

Witham Hall  15
Maidwell Hall  15

The U9A rugby team put in a sterling performance in their first match of the season against Maidwell Hall. After a nervous start to the game, the boys settled down and played some super rugby. Louis Batty led the team brilliantly, carrying the ball well and off-loading in the tackle time and time again which enabled Josh Clarke to stretch the Maidwell defence and run in some wonderful tries. Charlie Rymer also made an impressive debut at scrum half, making some strong, darting runs up the blind side. At half time with the scores level at 10-10, we knew we were in a tough game but had the ability to take the game away from Maidwell. Will Chatterton, Hugo Shippey and James Wass worked tirelessly in the second half, winning Witham a lot of ball at the break down which again enabled the boys to go a try ahead. Guy Hurst and Ben Price were in fine form too, winning Witham crucial lineout ball throughout the game, creating some fantastic chances for us to stretch our lead. However, we could not quite finish the game off and after making some tremendous tackles, which included George Vergerson-Rowley and James Fairfax putting in some brave hits out on the wing, Maidwell scored in the last minute. The final score was 15-15. I could not be prouder of the way the boys played and we now look forward to welcoming Copthill on Wednesday.

Witham Hall 55
Copthill  30

On a sunny afternoon at Witham the boys were in fine form against a well organised Copthill side. Witham made a very strong start with the imperious Louis Batty driving the team forward, carrying the ball strongly in two hands. Louis was ably supported by Josh Clarke, whose quick turn of speed and step made him incredibly difficult to stop. At half time Witham found themselves 25-10 up and were playing some very good rugby indeed. In the second half the boys went from strength to strength, supporting each other well and running onto the ball at pace. This allowed us to break a lot of tackles and score some excellent tries through Charlie Rymer and Hugo Shippey. The final score was 55-30 to Witham which was an excellent result considering some of the boys hadn’t played the transitional rules before. We now look forward to playing Grace Dieu in a week’s time.

WITHAM U9B

Witham Hall 50
Copthill  15

For many of the U9B’s this was their first game representing Witham Hall. They were all excited when they first put on their jerseys! The boys got off to a flying start with a blistering run from Richard Tomlinson in the opening minute of the game to get Witham up on the board (5-0); Copthill then quickly responded with a try not long after to make it (5-5). James Fairfax then took charge with George Vergerson-Rowley and the score was then bumped up further (30-5). Then, with the help of Jake Lockett pushing through the defence the team boosted the score even more, to 35-5 at half time.

As soon at the whistle blew for the start of the second half, Witham Hall was at it again. The boys that stood out in the defensive line were Felix Hamilton, Johnny Hall and Kit Chatterton who were able to put their body on the line, go low and make some of the opponents knock the ball on. Also a special mention goes to Eddie Howells for showing great enthusiasm, communication and teamwork on the pitch. It was then Witham-Hall-ball, as George Alford ended the game with a final ‘try’ making the end score (50-15). A great start to the season for the U9B team.