2nd XIII Rugby Update

12 Dec 2016

v Spratton Hall lost 30- 5

Witham 2nd XIII started very positively, doing everything I asked which was to communicate effectively, keep a strong defensive line on the back foot and look after the ball when going into contact. Unfortunately they faced a very well organised Spratton who pounced on the few mistakes made by Witham to score four quick tries. The tackling around the contact area was terrific from Witham and the determination going forward with the ball was equally good. Witham had most of the possession but were unable to turn it into points largely because they were not running from a deep position often enough. The second half saw much more of the same but Witham improved their support play and the running from deep and they scored a well-deserved try. I could not single out any player. There were some hugely improved performances which resulted in a very positive attitude throughout the whole team. Despite losing 30-5 to a much better Spratton side, it was the best all round performance of the season. Moreover, every player sustained their best efforts throughout the whole match. An excellent match

v Worksop College   Lost 24-22

The 2nd XIII dominated much of the possession, in fact it was probably about 75% of the match. Unfortunately, Witham missed too many first time tackles which resulted in pressure building quickly and Worksop Prep scoring. Moreover, Worksop had the slight edge due to being a little more determined to win. However, there was some terrific rugby played by both teams. Witham were effective at offloading the ball in the tackle, the support play at the breakdown was often quick and communication was better. Alex Spragg’s try was full of excitement because he displayed incredible determination to weave his way through a few tackles to score what seemed to be a vital try. Worksop scored soon after to take the final score line to 24-22 to Worksop.