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U13 Rugby vs Sompting Abbots

Posted: 24th January 2014 | Category: Sports

And at last it happened! Despite having to cancel the fixture as a 'home game', we were warmly welcomed down to The South Coast where the pitches are on chalk and drain much easier after the deluges we have been experiencing. We set off on what for some would be the first Skippers Rugby match on English soil for two years, having lost last season to the snow and cold snap that robbed our Year 8 boys particularly of valuable playing experience.

Not to worry as the boys got off to a bright, purposeful start, allaying the Coach's pre-match anxieties that we might be in for a hard time!  Within a few minutes, Archie G, our Captain, latched onto a spoilt ball and ran in our first try to give us a 5-0 lead. However, Sompting broke back immediately to take the lead. In a 'see saw' first half, Max R scored a lovely solo break-away try and Rookie Winger, Ollie D, ran in another in the corner with one reply from Sompting so we had the narrowest of leads at half-time: 15-14. 

After the break, we soon surrendered the lead again after some casual defence at a penalty. However this prompted a rousing response from the boys who clicked into another gear for the last quarter. 

Captain, Archie G, said in his report: 'But this did not put us off as we came back with a vengeance! Max R scored (again) instantly after our restart, and this time Callum H was taking the kicks and converted.........we were determined not to let them score again and they didn't. We kept piling on the pressure and we scored once more before the final whistle. 

The end score was 29-19 to us.'

Well said and well played, Archie and your team! The truth is we came close to scoring a further three tries in the last ten minutes, such was the possession we had. 
The handling and support in attack were assured and fast moving, and the tackling held up well enough to give us the victory the boys deserved. Even their Coach graciously said that their performance was extremely good for a squad that had not played for two years. Many thanks for that. Mr A-B, for one, had experienced a very enjoyable afternoon and all the squad ventured onto the sward and did their best!

Onwards and upwards and we look forward to our trip to Handcross Park next week.

Mr Dillon Attwood-Bloomfield

P.S.
And congratulations to the Colts Team for their victory on Wednesday too!

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