Under 9 Rugby Update

20 Oct 2016

Under 9 Rugby Update

Under 9 v The Peterborough School

A Team won 8 - 4.
B Team won 8 - 2.

This was the first opportunity of the term for the boys get stuck into contact rugby and to lay down their markers for future selection. Practices had gone reasonably well, with some flashes of quality from all the boys at some point, but understandably they lacked the intensity of the match situations. I was slightly worried which mind set the boys would turn up with, as it was key that they got the season off to a flyer! ………I most definitely shouldn't have been worried!

Whilst waiting for The Peterborough School, the boys had a warm up game against each other, which utterly was a no-holes barred, full blooded affair, with absolutely no quarter. Both sides, all the boys really going for it. It was so tightly fought that the scores were level by the time The Peterborough School were warmed up and ready to face us. A cracking start to the afternoon, and it showed that the boys had their ‘match heads’ on.

The 'A team' led by Captain Powell started first. They got straight into the attack and scored first. Yablonka-Clark seemed to relish the contact and the opportunity to run through the Peterborough defence at will. Graham tackled simply anything and everything that moved in a Peterborough shirt. It is a real achievement that he did not miss one tackle in the whole of the match.  Page played a valuable part and got on the score sheet with a mazy run that took him through the opposition defence at breakneck speed. At half-time the boys were 4 – 2 up, but knew that they could not rest on their laurels. Pleasingly in the second half the boys kept up the intensity. Spragg made the tackle on his opposite number that certainly let him know that he was there. Powell continued to knock anything down that came his way, and feed the ball out wide selflessly to create space and tries for others. Spilsbury was doing sterling work in the heat of battle, keeping the game ticking over in Witham’s favour. Palmer-Smith played his part and made some good yards with the ball in hand out wide. In the end it was a convincing victory, 8 – 4 in Witham’s favour. But a hard fought contest and one the boys should be proud of.

To be mentioned in dispatches: Yablonka-Clark – for taking the fight to the opposition.

The ‘B team’ was led by Captain Dunn. There was real anticipation from the boys after watching the ‘A’s’ play so well.  In the opening exchanges the Witham boys took command. Price and McKay combined like seasoned professionals, and have a real contender for try of the season already. Hobill was involved with almost everything. Kendon-Furtado and Gretton also looked like they have played together for years, as they were often in support of each other. I was so pleased to see them get on the ball, and make important inroads into the Peterborough defence. Taylor with the ball in his hands had bags of pace and used the available space really well, scoring a fantastic solo try on the wing in the second half. Dunn led from the front, worked tirelessly and made some important try making offloads throughout the match. An excellent start from the boys.

To be mentioned in dispatches: McKay and Price – for their all round play and early contender for try of the season.

A great start to the season lads and a fantastic afternoon’s rugby.

Under 9A at Stamford JS Triangular

Witham Hall 30-15 Copthill
Witham Hall 45-10 Stamford JS

The U9A’s were an absolute pleasure to take to Stamford Junior School and a credit to Witham. Our first opponents Copthill were a very well organised team and certainly won the opening exchanges, keeping the ball alive in contact and using the space out wide effectively. However, slowly but surely the belief in the U9A team grew and they went from strength to strength, running onto the ball at pace and finding gaps in their opponents defence. At full time, Witham had won 30-15. Our next match was against our hosts Stamford Junior School. A very strong start saw the U9’s play some superb rugby and what was most impressive was the commitment and desire of every single Witham boy on the pitch. At full time the score was 45-10 to Witham.