Witham Hall Rugby Update
27 Nov 2017
Witham Hall 1st XIII 30
Spratton Hall 1st XIII 25
A marvellous game that only swung Witham’s way as the second half progressed, but one where both sides could be very proud of their commitment and desire. Witham were slow to start, and a skilful and well organised Spratton side took full advantage, racing in to a 10-0 lead. Witham responded with their first score, but in forcing the ball in a bid to get back into the game, Spratton capitalised further and as half-time approached the side found themselves 20-5 down. However, the last 5 minutes of the half saw Witham find their stride and, through their ball retention and effective movement of the ball, a fine try made it 20-10 at the break. The best laid plans for the second period were dented by a wonderful Spratton chip and chase (25-10), but undaunted the side responded again and began to take control up front, notably in the tight. Two tries followed, making it 25-20, and an enthralling last 10 minutes was in store. Tiring the Spratton Hall defence, Witham eventually found a gap to squeeze over in the corner, and then, from the next attack a repeat performance gave the side the lead for the first time. Three minutes of highly committed defence then kept Spratton at arm’s length to record a fantastic victory.
Witham Hall 2nd XIII 10
Spratton Hall 2nd XIII 15
On Saturday 25th November, the 2nd’s travelled over to Spratton Hall. In what is always a tough fixture, the 2nd’s started brightly, running hard and winning much of the possession. However, strong Spratton defending meant we were unable to take the lead our play deserved. As the half wore on, Spratton’s back line came in to play more, as they took a hold of the game, stretching out to a 10-0 half time lead. This lead was stretched to 15-0 immediately after the second half began. For the remainder of the game however, the Witham boys began to take control of the game again; shutting down the Spratton back line and using their strength and size advantage up front. Two tries from Sam brought Witham back into the game, but unfortunately there was not enough time on the clock to bring the scores level. A tightly contested and very competitive game.
Witham Hall 3rd IX 30
Spratton Hall 3rd IX 75
Saturday afternoon was bright but very cold as the third team faced Spratton Hall. The quality of our opposition was apparent from the very first phases of play, and by half time, despite the boys’ efforts, they were facing a heavy defeat. Yet the second half was an altogether brighter one, offering our stalwart supporters more to cheer about as they shivered on the touchline. A tactical change saw Kit take the captaincy to great effect, and the team played with greater freedom and purpose. Ben scored four tries, the highlight being a superb solo break out of his own 22. While the final result was a 75-30 loss, the boys can take pride in the strength of character that they showed throughout the afternoon.
Witham Hall Colts A 45
Magdalene House Colts A 10
An impressive performance on Wednesday saw the Colts A rugby team win 45-10. Going forward, the ball handling skills of the Colts A’s was absolutely superb, again using the width of the pitch well, keeping the ball alive in the tackle and making it very difficult for Magdalene House to defend. A couple of team tries followed that were very reminiscent of the Laxton Junior School Game. Defensively, the boys were sound, keeping their defensive line throughout and moving forwards together as one unit. Some good turnover ball came from this which led to further tries through Freddie and Oscar. A good result and a wonderful team performance.
Witham Hall Colts A 45
Spratton Hall Colts A 0
The Colts A rugby team continued to impress on Saturday against Spratton Hall. Another strong start saw the boys move the ball very well through the hands, again exploiting the space out wide. This led to the Spratton defence being stretched and the Colts A team were able to get a couple of early scores on the board. As the game progressed, Spratton held their own and started to play some good phases of rugby. The Colts A’s had to defend well, and they did, making tackle after tackle and holding their defensive line very well indeed. A few late tries with both teams tiring made the final score 45-0 to Witham. With a few matches left this season, the boys are building up a good head of steam for what should be a very rewarding last couple of weeks.
Witham Hall Colts B 25
Wellow House 35
An under 11B side made the journey to Wellow House on a very windy Wednesday. The length of the journey perhaps led to a lethargic start, and by half time we were four tries down after a deeply forgettable first half in which effective tackling was notably absent. Better things were to come; the team rallied impressively after an inspiring half-time team talk, and in the end ran Wellow House close. Highlights included Aidan’s powerful running and some committed tackling by Johnny. The final score was 35-25.
Witham Hall U10A 45
Magdalene House U10A 0
The game kicked off away at Magdalene House. The whole team did really well with Alfie, Harry, Angus, Hugo and Ben all scoring tries. Henry, Archie and Johnny doing good tackles and catching up with the ball. Magdalene played their best but Witham dominated them, keeping possession of the ball, proving we were the stronger team. Witham U10 A keeping an unbeaten season. At the end of the match we went in for a well-deserved match tea. Well done Witham!
Witham Hall U10A 35
Spratton Hall U10A 20
The U10A team continued their winning streak with a hard-fought victory in the chilling autumnal sunshine at Spratton Hall. Despite losing two regulars to illness, our boys matched Spratton’s physicality, kept the ball alive effectively, and scored seven excellent tries: Harry and man-of-the-match Angus each with three and Alfie with one. Well done!
U9 Mixed Teams v. Peterborough School
On Wednesday afternoon two mixed ability U9 teams played The Peterborough School. In the first game, Witham played some thrilling rugby and managed to score eight tries whilst only conceding three, a considerable effort considering it was The Peterborough School’s U9A team.
In the second game, the Witham side came up against some formidable pressure from The Peterborough School who were determined to win their second match. However, Witham withstood the pressure and gave plenty back with the score line finishing five tries each, with a last gasp try from The Peterborough School. A great afternoon of rugby from both sides and some clear progression made from last week. Well done boys.
U9A, B and C Rugby v Stamford Junior School
The U9A, B and C rugby teams had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of rugby against Stamford Junior School on Thursday. Some closely fought and entertaining matches were played out on all three pitches, with plenty of tries being scored by all the teams involved. What was particularly pleasing, was the way in which all the boys worked together in their teams, encouraging one another throughout; at such a young age this was great to see. With plenty of fixtures still to play, the U9’s can be very pleased with their effort and application so far – well done!
U9 Mixed Rugby Witham Hall Festival
On Saturday, all the Year 4 boys took part in the annual U9 Witham Hall Rugby Festival. We welcomed Stamford Junior School, Laxton Junior School, Barlborough Hall and Oakham Rugby Club with everyone playing each other. All the games were closely fought contests and what was most impressive, were the excellent handling skills demonstrated by all the teams. On a very cold morning all the boys should be commended for their positive attitudes and willingness to persevere with temperatures dropping. A big thank you must go to all the parents who came to support and cheer everyone on.