Witham Hall Rugby Update
20 Nov 2017
Witham Hall 1st XIII 60
Oundle 1st XIII 0
The form of both teams (Oundle arrived at Witham unbeaten in their season to date) suggested an exciting afternoon of attacking rugby and a tight game. The former it certainly was, but the prospect of a close outcome was blown apart by a Witham team that produced a truly outstanding performance, dominating in every facet from the first whistle. Impressively varying the points of attack, the team attacked as one, producing some wonderfully created tries, and defensively exerted consistent pressure on a clearly dangerous Oundle back division. The challenge is now to retain this kind of level of performance as the side enters the final quarter of the season.
Witham Hall 2nd XIII 35
Oundle U13B 5
The 2nd XIII hit the ground running from the very first whistle and quickly opened up a 10-0 lead. The boys brought real intensity to the game and worked hard as a unit. They often kept it simple, driving Oundle back and off the ball, time after time, with some aggressive and technically very good rucking. All the boys demonstrated good decision making, keeping it tight when necessary and spreading the ball wide when the gaps became available. They scored 7 tries, all of which, were scored by different players which in turn shows the team work involved in achieving their victory. An excellent afternoon, some quality rugby played and the right result. Well done chaps.
Witham Hall 3rd X 30
Oundle 3rd X 30
On Wednesday the 3rd’s welcomed Oundle to Witham. In a very closely fought contest there was some good quality rugby played.
In the first half, Witham had most of the play – working hard in defence and making the most of their time in possession. With the score at half time 20-10 in Witham’s favour.
The second half was equally well contested, but with the Witham boys were forced onto the back foot more. However, the defence from the Witham boys remained strong and despite the larger squad size of Oundle, the boys continued to fight and play some impressive rugby against fresher opposition.
A very equal game and a fair 30 – 30 final score. Well done boys.
Witham Hall Colts A 40
Laxton Junior School Colts A 0
The Colts A rugby team put in their best performance to date on Wednesday afternoon at Laxton Junior School. In the first half, the boys did exactly what was asked of them and moved the ball quickly and effectively through the hands, using the width of the pitch to excellent effect. At half time, the boys were certainly firing on all cylinders and a repeat performance in the second half would complete an impressive display. A physical second half, saw LJS create some good chances but they couldn’t quite get over the whitewash thanks to some last ditch Witham tackles. A few strong runs up the middle of the park towards the end of the game saw the Colts A team win 40-0. A complete performance and one that they can be proud of!
Witham Hall Colts B 60
Laxton Junior School Colts B 5
It was a hard fought game by both sides. We had some great runs from everyone in the team and our defence was outstanding. The boys worked well as a team with Arthur, our captain, encouraging them throughout the game. They showed tremendous tackling to keep Laxton from gaining any advantage. The tries that came from Witham were well worked from moving the ball from the centre of the pitch to the wing, with our wingers showing some excellent pace.
Witham Hall U10A 50
Laxton Junior School U10A 15
A very strong start by Witham, with Oliver scoring an amazing four tries and Harry scoring two in the first half, while Laxton failed to score at all. Great support was given by the whole team, notably Hugo and Henry, with exciting play from Louis and Angus. In the second half, when Laxton showed more determination, Ben and Alfie still managed to score a try each and Harry scored another two. Laxton's speediest players did well to pass us, scoring three tries in the second half. The final score was 50-15, continuing the U10A's unbeaten season. It was a great match, enjoyed by the players and the crowd alike.
Witham Hall U9A 40-15 Laxton Junior School U9A
Witham Hall Lions 25-0 Laxton Junior School U9B
Witham Hall Tigers 40-0 Laxton Junior School U9B
The U9 rugby teams had a very enjoyable afternoon at Laxton Junior School on Thursday. The U9A’s put in a sterling performance, with some wonderful solo breakaway tries. In the Lions and Tigers games, the tackling from all the Witham boys was superb; with everyone’s confidence growing throughout the afternoon. With three positive results, the boys can be immensely proud of what they have achieved. A big thank you must go to all the parents who came out to support.