Witham Hall Rugby Update
13 Dec 2017
Witham Hall 40
The 1st XIII completed their superb season with an excellent performance to defeat determined and skilful opponents. Indeed, it was Oakham, playing with a strong breeze behind them, who took an early lead, and it took a big effort from the Witham pack to get a footing in the game. However, well-prompted from half-back, they created sustained pressure that saw them first draw level, and then take a 15-5 lead into the break. The side then produced 15 minutes of tremendous, 13 man rugby that brought four further tries to seal the victory. Oakham, much to their credit pulled it back to 35-10 before the season was fittingly sealed with a try brought about by great continuity and support play. A wonderful term, well done to all.
Witham Hall 20
In the 2nd XIII’s final game of the year, Oakham were welcomed to Witham. The game started well for Witham, holding much of the possession and putting much pressure on Oakham’s line, however it was Oakham who broke the deadlock first, scoring a try against the run of play. After this the Witham defence was put under pressure, with some solid defensive work going in but the pressure told with Witham 0-15 down with five minutes of the first half to play. In this time Witham rallied, holding on to possession much better they scored two tries through Ludo to make it 10-15 at half time. The second half saw Oakham use their large squad to their advantage, bringing on fresh legs to pressurise the tired Witham defence. However the boys continued to work hard and when in possession looked dangerous, with Ludo completing his hat-trick. Despite the pride and effort on display the Witham boys were unable to contain the Oakham side who eventually ran out winners. Final score Witham 2nd XIII 20 – 40 Oakham
Witham Hall 5
This was the final fixture of the season and a chance for the boys to give a good account of themselves. We managed to recruit four members of Oakham into our folds. The game was slightly adapted to mean that the ball got air time, it was passed out rather than the third's favourite of continual running with the ball in hand. Henry, Kit and Ben made good headway in and around the rucks. Hamish, Sammie, George and Sam kept up the pressure on the opposition. All in all it was a close affair with Oakham winning 20 - 5. The boys had a great but cold afternoon; however, it was a positive end to the season.
Witham Hall 55
Grace Dieu 5
The Colts A rugby team put in another sterling performance on Wednesday afternoon away at Grace Dieu. After a long bus journey, the boys unfortunately started slowly and were being selfish when in possession of the ball. Pleasingly, after a firm talking to at half time, they started to play some excellent rugby. The ball handling skills were superb and through multiple Witham phases, the Grace Dieu defence was worn down time and time again. With the emphasis being on team play and working collectively, all the boys stepped up to the mark and can now look forwards to playing St Hugh’s on Saturday. A big thank you must go to all those parents who travelled to support.
Witham Hall 40
St Hugh’s 10
The Colts A rugby team put in another sterling performance on Saturday against St Hugh’s. An excellent start, saw the boys run at the opposition with great purpose and intent. Immediately on the front foot, this enabled the Colts A’s to draw defenders in and again exploit the space out wide. The ball handling skills were exceptional in the first half. In the second half, St Hugh’s had a lot more possession and the Colts had to work hard in defence, holding their nerve well. A couple of superb team tries followed, with some impressive off-loading in the tackle to end the game 40-10 to the good. Well done on another solid performance.
Stamford Junior School Rugby Festival Results
Witham Hall 35-0 Stamford Mixed
Witham Hall 10-10 King’s Ely
Witham Hall 20-5 Oakham
The Colts A rugby team finished their season on a real high with two wins and a draw. In their first match they played a mixed Stamford team and performed superbly, moving the ball away from the contact area well and scoring some impressive team tries. This led to a comfortable victory. In the second round of matches we played King’s Ely, who proved tough opposition earlier on in the season. A fiercely fought contest at the breakdown, King’s Ely rucked well and the Colts struggled to retain possession for any prolonged period. However, good handling skills again enabled them to open up the pitch and exploit any space. A draw was a fair result. In the final round we played against local opposition in Oakham. Always a closely fought contest between father and son, the match was wide open, with some courageous tackles going in at both ends. It was a wonderful way to end the season and the boys must be congratulated for all their hard work and endeavour throughout, they have done themselves proud.
Witham Hall U10A 25
Maidwell Hall U10A 5
Witham won the toss and had possession from the start. We used the ball well and after a strong run from Harry he scored a try. Maidwell came back with some good runs but hard tackling from Ben, Archie, Harry and Hugo stopped them scoring. They did come close but tries from Angus and Ben extended the lead. Half time score 15-0 to Witham. Maidwell came back strongly in the second half but some brilliant defending from Alfie, Henry, Angus and Oliver and lots of tackling by Louis meant they couldn’t score. Maidwell kept persevering and just scored. Witham came back strongly again with some great runs by Ben and Archie resulting in us getting a free pass down the pitch. Harry stuck his head down and drove through them with strong legs and scored. Witham came back and with some good counter-rucking from the whole team which meant Ben came out with a well worked try. Overall another good game from the U10A carrying on their unbeaten season – well done! Thank you to Mr Whittock for your brilliant coaching and to Maidwell for an excellent match.
Witham Hall U10B/A 40
Maidwell Hall U10A 0
The U10B/As played a great match against Maidwell Hall. The whole team played very well. Witham Hall ran in eight tries, scoring a magnificent 40 points in the game despite Maidwell Hall playing hard. Hugo scored two tries and provided solid defence throughout the match. Louis scored one try and provided great tackles throughout the game and never tired. Freddie scored a brilliant try, while at least four people hung onto him trying to hold him back. Henry made two tries dodging through all the Maidwell players. Oliver also scored two tries, running straight through the defensive line of Maidwell. Johnny, Archie and Harry all made valuable contributions to the run of play.
Witham Hall U10A 45
Fairfield Prep U10A 10
The U10A boys achieved an incredible unbeaten season with a comprehensive victory at home to Loughborough’s Fairfield Prep School. Hugo led the way with a well-deserved hat-trick of tries, Alfie and Harry each scored two, and Ben and captain Angus scored one apiece. Despite some strict refereeing, our boys played arguably their best rugby of season: keeping the ball alive superbly, rucking with tenacity and working as team as if telepathically linked. With a final record of 14 wins and a draw from 15 matches, the whole school is very proud of you all.
U9A, B and C Rugby @ Leicester Grammar Junior School Report
The U9 boys did themselves proud yet again at Leicester Grammar Junior School on Thursday afternoon. In cold conditions, they all did superbly and never took a backward step. Of particular note, the ball handling skills/off-loading in the tackle were excellent and this in turn made it very tricky for our opponents to defend well. Some impressive solo tries were run in on all three pitches and three straight wins is a tremendous effort. In such cold conditions, the tackling was very good indeed, well done! All three teams have now gone unbeaten this season and this is something to be celebrated. A big thank you to all the parents who have supported us throughout the term.