Colts Rugby Update

22 Nov 2016

A & B v Wellow House

Colts A            Won    30-10
Colts B            Lost    30-0

On a lovely sunny afternoon at Witham the Colts A and B teams both played Wellow House A. The Colts A team were first up and put in a sterling performance. In the first half a very direct approach enabled them to score a couple of excellent solo tries including some strong runs by Charlie, Louis and Jack. However at the breakdown, the boys were not getting quick ball and turnovers were being made by some big, strong Wellow boys. A different, more expansive approach in the second half coupled with some superb set plays enabled the Colts A to really open up the game and put more points on the board. Unfortunately, they did concede late on but this should not take anything away from what was a much improved performance.

The Colts B team found themselves in a very difficult match against a physical Wellow side. A slow start without much possession saw some early tries conceded. However, in the second half the Colts B defence was absolutely superb. The whole-hearted commitment of every single Colts B player was to be commended and they certainly did themselves and Witham proud. At one stage in the second half the boys defended for five minutes on their own five metre line and eventually turned the ball over. Although the score line was disappointing for the Colts B team they should by no means feel deflated as the improvements they made as the game progressed were very good.

Colts A  v Old Buckenham Hall  Won 25-15 

The Colts A team put in an absolutely superb performance against a strong and well organised Old Buckenham Hall side. A very nervous start saw our opponents score within the first minute from a kick-off with some magical footwork to break the Witham defensive line. This was the turning point for the boys and they started to play some excellent rugby, hitting the rucks well and moving the ball quickly away from the contact area. At half time the game was in the balance at 15-15 and for all Witham’s possession, three lapses in concentration had allowed OBH back into the game. In the second half, more precision in the tackle was required and pleasingly this happened, with every single boy in the Colts A team making their first up tackles and some good, strong counter rucking enabled them to turn defence quickly into attack. As the half progressed and with OBH tiring, the Colts A managed to score a couple of impressive team tries to seal victory. It must be noted, the whole-hearted commitment of both sides was brilliant to watch and we look forward to fulfilling a return fixture next season.

Colts A at Leicester GS Festival

v Copthill                   Won 25-10

v Leicester GS JS        Won 30-5

v Brooke Priory          Won 25-0

On a wet and windy afternoon a slow start saw the Colts A team struggle against a well organised Copthill side. Handling errors coupled with a lack of desire in the first half did not help the boys get off to the start they wanted. Pleasingly in the second half a much improved more direct approach led to some excellent team tries. Our second game against our hosts was a physical game up front. Leicester Grammar had some strong boys who were winning a lot of turnover ball at the breakdown. The Colts A boys stuck at it though, kept hitting the rucks and moved the ball away from the contact area very effectively which in turn produced some wonderful team tries. In our final match against Brooke Priory the boys again put in an impressive team performance where there were some superb lines run into gaps in the oppositions defence. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was had by all and a big thank you must go to all the parents who came to support the boys.

Colts A v Worksop College Prep School Won 30-15

The Colts A team put in a strong performance against Worksop on a cold and windy afternoon at Witham. In the opening phases of the game the Colts used the wide channels well and managed to score some well worked team tries. At half time the scores were very close at 20-10 with both teams working tirelessly at the breakdown. The second half saw Worksop start a lot more brightly and put together some impressive phases of play. However, the Witham defence largely held firm and a couple of quick breakaway tries saw their lead grow. Worksop came back with a further score to end the game on a real high. Both teams should be incredible pleased with their afternoons work. Well done to all those who took part and a big thank you to all the parents who came out to support the boys.