2nd XIII Rugby Update

22 Nov 2016

v St John’s, Cambridge Lost 25-15

Following a rather tough match against Greshams the previous Saturday the 2nd XIII were much more determined to take on St John’s at home on a perfect afternoon for rugby. The whole team started extremely well, recycling ball, having terrific support play and remaining constantly on the front foot. The passing, communication and shape of their game were just as we had practised during Games. It was a real pleasure to see the rewards with two tries early on from Harry Jones. Unfortunately, St John’s came back with equal determination which resulted in the Witham boys missing vital tackles which led to the score line being 25-10 by the middle of the 2nd half. The Witham players ‘pulled up their socks’ and scored a try through excellent support play and moving the ball away from contact quickly, but by that point it was too late. Some very positive points to take away from this game, but much to work on between now and the next match. Well done boys.

U12X v Wellow House

Witham fielded two mixed ability Year 7 teams against Wellow House. The first team of ten players maintained good possession through simple passing in and out of the tackle. They moved the ball quickly away from the point of contact where spaces were readily available to attack. Some strong running into these spaces from Harry Jones, Joe Atkinson, Olly Allport and Eddie Dickens led to multiple tries scored.  The final score of this first match was 37 – 5 to Witham Hall.

The second match was more evenly matched. Wellow showed plenty of determination and scored a terrific try against Witham who missed a few too many tackles. However, the Witham boys responded by passing the ball to strong support players which meant there was plenty of forward momentum. The back line was full of strong runners who communicated effectively to reach the Wellow try line. It was terrific to see the likes of Ben Armitage and Hamish Gordon-Stewart getting their hands on the ball out wide to support the centre partnership of Ludo Elbourne and Felix Starkey. The final score for the 2ndmatch was 23-5 to Witham Hall.

Well done to all the boys in Year 7 who played some simple but effective rugby.

V Old Buckenham Hall Lost 31-17

A strong start from Witham resulted in an early try scored by Harry Jones at fly half. The off load of the ball both before and out of the tackle was excellent. Witham had most of the possession in the first half but one or two missed first time tackles led to Old Buckenham Hall scoring a couple of tries to stay within striking distance at half time. The 2nd half saw Witham caught off guard and a further two quick tries made it tough to come back. However, the boys never gave up and some strong running from Chris Bingham and Will Hazelwood almost resulted in more tries for Witham but some determined defensive work from Old Buckenham Hall kept them out.

It was a terrific contest. The rugby played by both teams was a pleasure to watch on a cold Autumn afternoon.