Colts Rugby Update

20 Oct 2016

Colts Rugby Update

Colts A Rugby at Laxton JS Festival

Witham Hall 40-5 Magdalene House
Witham Hall 0-20 Bedford Modern
Witham Hall 15-0 Copthill
Witham Hall 15-10 Laxton Junior School

The Colts A rugby team put in some superb performances on an incredibly hot afternoon at Laxton Junior School. Our first opponents Magdalene House had some strong, physical players but the Colts A used the width on large pitches to good effect. Short, sharp passes were the aim of the game and what was most pleasing to see was how calm the boys were under pressure. At full time the score was 40-5 in Witham’s favour. Our second match against Bedford Modern was a physical encounter and we were out powered at the breakdown. Time and time again Bedford turned over the ball and with pace in their backline they were deserved 20-0 winners. In our penultimate game, we came up against a well organised Copthill side but again our ball handling skills in and around the contact area were strong and we were deserved 15-0 winners. The final game of the afternoon was against our hosts Laxton. Always a closely fought fixture, the game was played at an impressive speed throughout with both teams scoring well worked tries, again using the width well. However, with only a couple of minutes to go, the Colts A team managed to get over the whitewash one final time to win the game 15-10. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all and the boys can be immensely proud of the way they have improved.

Colts A v Greshams

Greshams Colts A       40
Witham Hall Colts A    0

The Colts A rugby team showed real grit and determination and an exemplary attitude against a tough, skilful Gresham’s side. A nervous start didn’t help the boys as a lack of communication was exploited by our opponents who found themselves 10-0 up in the first five minutes. However, as the first half progressed they grew into the game, putting together some excellent phases of rugby but unfortunately not gaining much ground due to a strong Gresham’s defence. A more direct approach was adopted in the second half and with the Colts A running onto the ball at pace and hitting the rucks with greater purpose, they started to make inroads and were unlucky not to score on a couple of occasions. Charlie and Hugo were absolutely superb all afternoon, working tirelessly for the team and were ably supported by Jack, Louis and the ever present Will, who didn’t take a backward step. Although they got caught on the break a few times in the second the Colts A team can be immensely proud of the way they played the game.

Colts A v St John’s Cambridge, Lost 35-10

The Colts A rugby team put in a performance that epitomised their exemplary attitude and application so far this season. A tough first half saw St John’s Cambridge score some very impressive team tries, exploiting the space down the wide channels and with some neat footwork, getting over the whitewash six times. 30-0 up at half time the boys were set the challenge of winning the second half. They did this superbly, running onto the ball at pace time and time again and breaking the strong St John’s defensive line. A more direct approach was certainly paying dividends with James and Hugo running in a try apiece to leave Witham leading the second half 10-0. However, St John’s scored a try of their own to leave the final score at 35-10. Well done to all those who played.

Colts A Mini Tournament at Witham

v Fairfield Lost 15-0
v Grace Dieu Won 25-5
v Stamford JS Lost 25-0

On a glorious sunny afternoon the Colts A team took part in the annual Witham round-robin tournament. Our first game was against a strong Fairfield side which possessed a lot of pace. After 15 minutes of hard fought rugby the boys were beaten 15-0. Unfortunately, a slow start combined with a lack of communication did not help the Colts A team and they would have to show more passion and desire if they were going to get more positive results. In our second game we played Grace Dieu who proved to be a very physical side. Pleasingly the boys really fronted up, putting in some excellent tackles, holding their defensive line well and scored some impressive breakaway tries. Up and running and firing on all cylinders, our final opponents Stamford Junior School were going to be tough opponents. The Colts A team again defended incredibly well but the Stamford handling skills were superb and they ran out deserved 25-0 winners. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon had by all and from the boys’ perspective, many lessons learnt.