Wednesday, 1st March
Rugby v Copthorne
U12 Lost 20 - 50
A cracking game of rugby today played in mild, dry conditions. Both teams threw the ball around and provided plenty of entertaining rugby. Ter and Gus joined us from the U13s, while Copthorne added one U13 player to their team. There was a lot of even play in the first half, but some missed tackles cost us and Copthorne scored five tries before half-time. They added another early in the second half, before we produced an excellent period of play. Charlie broke through to score under the posts, then Ter scored, followed two minutes later by Gus. Suddenly it was 15-30 and we were back in the game. Unfortunately we then twice lost possession deep in the Copthorne half and two of their very quick boys raced the length of the pitch to score. Charlie scored his second in the corner, after a fine run, but Copthorne had the last say with a couple of late tries. Outstanding performances today from Tolu, Javier, Murray, Charlie, Gus and Ter. Well played, everyone! MH
U11 Lost 5 - 60
We were fast asleep at the first whistle and Copthorne had scored three tries in as many minutes before we had even realised where we were. We have made a bit of a habit of starting slowly! That having been said, whilst we were definitely not on top form, Copthorne were superb. They showed a fantastic blend of size, speed and skill and our lack of defensive positioning and weak tackling allowed them to run riot. Another tough afternoon. CS
U10 Lost 5 - 60
We had a difficult afternoon against a very strong Copthorne side. Wiith 12 tries conceded we didn't put on a very good display defensively with a succession of missed tackled and leaving too many gaps for the opposition to run into. To be fair, Copthorne was the strongest team we faced so far, they were well drilled and quick to spot the gaps left opened. The boys never gave up and Freddie's try after a nice dummy and a long run was the highlight of our game. We need to correct our defensive mistakes and be more disciplined in order to improve in our next match. SR
U9 Lost 15 - 40
The boys hosted copthorne today at home and what a game it was! It was mainly end to end stuff with our boys having most of the ball throughout the game but unfortunately we didn't take a lot of the chances we created today. We made a few silly mistakes by giving away the ball and this resulted in gifting Copthorne a couple of tries.
Copthorne were a very good side but if our decision making was better (running into the space etc..) then I believe the score would of been different.
Overall, the boys should be very proud of the performance they gave today & we look forward to the next game. JS
U8 Lost 30 - 70
On another rainy Wednesday, the boys faced Copthorne at home for a game of tag rugby. Copthorne put out a very strong team, with a couple of very tall and quick players; making it extremely difficult to prevent tries from being scored.
Our attacking play was brilliant throughout the game. We completed our 5 phases on a few occasions, passing the ball seamlessly throughout the entire game. Teddy and George continued scoring for us; and Kit and Etienne each made an appearance on the scoresheet. Although we played well, we sadly suffered another defeat. WT