Witham Hall Rugby Update
08 Oct 2018
Witham Hall 60 – 10 Lincoln Minster
Underpinned by the confidence of a last gasp win the previous week, the XIII produced a strong performance to defeat a spirited Lincoln Minster side who contained some fine individuals, but did not have the all-round strength of the home team.
Points were initially slow to come as the recycling of possession was sluggish, but when this was addressed, the back division enjoyed a good afternoon. The constant desire to move the ball brought ever more space in which to run and, although four tries in the last 5 minutes was hard on Lincoln, it was a tribute to the desire of the Witham team to attack from all points.
Witham Hall 30 – 15 St Hugh’s
The U12A rugby team put in a strong performance against St Hugh’s on Wednesday.
In the first half the boys started very brightly, attacking with purpose and playing with good intensity. This led to some opportunistic tries and enabled the U12A’s to go 25-5 up heading into half time.
In the second half, the game was a lot closer, with St Hugh’s using their impressive back line to exploit the space out wide and score some well worked tries of their own. However, the boys showed a lot of character and persevered right until the final whistle, scoring an excellent team try down the right wing to leave the final score at 30-15.
Well done to everyone that played.
Witham Hall 35 – 25 St Hugh’s
On Wednesday 3rd October, the U12B team made the journey up to face St Hugh’s. The boys started brightly, taking the ball into contact and creating space for captain Ned to burst through to score the first try of the game.
A further two tries from Rupert and a superb length of the field try from Toby put the Witham boys firmly in control. St Hugh’s responded with a try, then Rupert completed his hat-trick on the stroke of half time.
The second half saw St Hugh’s start strongly and score two further tries to narrow the gap, only for Toby to get a second try. Two more St Hugh’s tries closed the gap to 25-30 with the final play of the game approaching. From the kick-off Rupert took advantage of a gap in the St Hugh’s defence to score the final try of the game.
A superb effort from everyone.
Witham v. Worksop College Prep
The Colts A played Worksop Prep and controlled the game well from the start. Slick handling skills were on show throughout, with the boys exploiting any weaknesses in their opponent’s defensive line. Without the ball, the Colts A’s were organised, did not over-commit at the breakdown and stayed together to form a solid foundation from which to build on.
In front at the halfway point, the boys never took a backward step and maintained a high intensity throughout to end up with an impressive victory – well done.
Witham Hall 20 – 15 Worksop College Prep
Our unbeaten Year 5 A team welcomed Worksop College to Witham for our first home match of the season. Under a blazing autumnal sun, Witham started impressively and found themselves four tries up at half-time; the scorers were Benji, Hugo, Thomas W and man-of-the-match Jack A. However, the visitors rallied in the second half and fought back to score three unanswered tries of their own. Hanging on by just a single try, Witham were grateful when the final whistle arrived.
U10A Rugby School Festival
Witham Hall 5 - 20 Spratton Hall
Witham Hall 25 - 15 Bilton Grange
Witham Hall 35 - 5 Crescent
Our U10A boys finished as runners-up in a keenly contested festival at the birthplace of the sport, Rugby School.
After a training masterclass with Rugby’s coaching team, we faced an outstanding Spratton Hall side who ran out deserved winners. Not disheartened, the boys stepped it up against Bilton Grange, winning by five tries to three, and then put together some flowing moves against Crescent in the final match to win by an emphatic margin. Well done to the whole squad: Alfie, Ben, Benji, Hugo, Jack A, Jack E, Thomas M, Thomas W, and debutant Barney!
Witham Hall 30 – 0 Maidwell Hall
On Thursday the Witham Hall U9A rugby team came up against a strong Maidwell Hall side. The game was a closely fought contest with most of the play occurring in the centre of the field, with some good tackling coming from both sides. The passing from the U9A’s was very strong and this enabled them to find small pockets of space to exploit. Maidwell had chances of their own too, getting inches from the Witham line a few times but some tremendous tackling managed to thwart any further advances.
A terrific result.
U9 Rugby at Stamford Junior School Festival
On Thursday afternoon, three U9 rugby teams made the short trip down the road to Stamford School to play in an U9 rugby festival.
Each team played against a variety of local schools including, Stamford Junior School, Brooke Priory, Laxton Junior School, Copthill and Stoneygate. In what was very much an all-inclusive afternoon, there was some superb play from all three teams.
What really stood out, were the excellent handling skills of all the U9’s; good passing into space happened time and time again. As the afternoon progressed, legs started to get a little tired, however, the boys continued to give it their all right up until the final whistle.
A big thank you must go to all the parents who came to cheer the Witham teams on. All the boys are making good progress as we head towards half term.