Witham Hall Rugby Update
13 Nov 2017
Witham Hall 1st XIII 60
Worksop College 5
The score line might suggest a one-sided match, but the Witham side deserve total credit for an outstanding performance across all areas of the field. The platform was set by a hard working effort from the forwards, both at the set piece and in the loose, from which the backs produced their best performance of the season. Superbly prompted from half back, options were excellent, as was the execution, meaning chances were continually created for the strong and elusive outside backs. The threat of the Worksop backs was constant, and the defensive effort was secure in response. It will now need to be at its very best with Oundle, Spratton and Oakham on the horizon.
Witham Hall 2nd/3rd XIII 40
Worksop College U12A 35
On Wednesday a combined 2nd/3rd XIII travelled to Worksop to face their U12A side. A slow start from the first whistle saw Witham fall behind from the first attack of the game with a try in the corner. As the half wore on it was clear the Witham boys were not fully in the game as Worksop raced to a 5 try lead, however, in the last five minutes of the half, Witham managed to hold on to some possession, exert some pressure and scored a try on half time. Half time score Worksop 25 – 5 Witham.
The second half started in a similar fashion to the first, only this time with Witham scoring from the start; substitute scrum half James scoring after a superb run off the back of a ruck. The Witham boys continued to play with aggression in the second half with Hugo making a huge impact off the bench, putting in some big hits and making a few turnovers as well. Further tries came through Ludo, Freddie, Alex and Sam with scrum half James completing a second half hat-trick of tries. Worksop managed to get over in the corner towards the end of the game and with Witham camped on their line Worksop, turned the ball over and looked clear to score a try that would level the scores; only for captain Ben to track back to make an outstanding covering tackle to halt the play. Despite the slow start (which will need improvement for the fixtures to come), the second half performance was superb and ultimately a good win. Final score: Worksop 35 – 40 Witham.
Results from Leicester Grammar School Festival
Witham Hall 35 - 5 Copthill
Witham Hall 20 - 5 Fairfield
Witham Hall 25 - 5 Leicester Grammar
Witham Hall 30 - 0 Brooke Priory
Witham Hall 30 - 5 Spratton Hall
The Colts A team had a very enjoyable afternoon at Leicester Grammar School on Wednesday. With five wins from five matches, every member of the side did themselves proud. What was particularly pleasing to see, was the way in which the boys moved the ball quickly and efficiently into space, utilising the wide channels well. A big thank you must go to all the parents who came to watch and cheer the boys on. Atan, who for now leaves the team, must be congratulated for all his hard work and endeavour this term, he will be sorely missed and we hope to see him again very soon; you have done yourself and the school proud!
The Colts B team enjoyed participating in the rugby festival at Stamford School on Wednesday. A focused training session on Tuesday ensured that the side was highly organized and well-drilled, which would be of value against some quality teams. Our first game against Grantham Prep was our greatest challenge, and while the game ended in defeat, progress was made over the course of the match. Next, we faced Stamford, and were narrowly overcome despite some impressive handling and a superb solo try by James H. Our final game against Bedford demonstrated the hesitancy in the tackle that had cost us dearly during the afternoon. Nonetheless, an enjoyable afternoon of rugby in which progress was made by all concerned.
Results from Witham Hall Festival
Witham Hall 20 - 5 Laxton Junior
Witham Hall 5 - 5 Bedford Prep
Witham Hall 5 - 0 Bedford Modern
Witham Hall 10 - 5 Leicester Grammar
Witham Hall 25 - 0 Heritage Park
Witham’s U10A team enjoyed hosting a wonderful rugby festival in the autumn sunshine. Our boys played with skill and passion, producing some superb rugby and remaining unbeaten after their five matches: winning four and drawing one. Very well played indeed to the whole team: Alfie, Ben, Harry, Henry, Hugo, Louis, Oliver, and player-of-the-festival Angus!
Results from Witham Hall Festival
Witham Hall 5 - 45 St Hugh’s
Witham Hall 25 - 25 Leicester Grammar JS
Witham Hall 0 - 35 Bedford Prep
Witham Hall 30 - 20 Laxton JS
Witham Hall 0 - 30 Brooke Priory
Witham Hall U10B side took part in the Witham Hall Rugby Festival in the cold but bright conditions on Wednesday. With a couple of late additions to the side from Year 4, the boys put some brilliant performances in and started to look like a cohesive team. The team faced tough opposition in Bedford Prep, Brooke Priory and St Hugh’s and showed great heart in continuously giving their all no matter the score line. Then as a result of the team’s persistence and hard work, in between the tough matches, the boys had some success with a thrilling end to end game against Leicester Grammar and a close but well deserved victory against Laxton. Well done boys, a great way to start the second half of term.