New team, new year and close derby against Kenilworth in a hard-fought game at the college. The game set off with Southam lending players to Kenilworth who had late injuries. Both Toby R and Arthur C as none travelling reserves turned up and played for both sides with credit, as did Thomas G.
It was the tall Kenilworth second row however that got the game’s first try after a bright opening by Southam. Southam often out rucked the opponents but took the ball into contact too readily and rather than play to their strengths were held up in mauls. Good runs by Ben R, Harvey KV and Theo B nearly got us back in the game , but the odd hesitation or badly timed pass cost us. It was the dynamic Jasper H that got the reply to make it 5 all. It was in fact Jasper that scored a fantastic second wide after Kenilworth scored a sloppy given try in the forwards. Jacob H deserves credit for his first 15 mins , latching on and securing ball. Oscar M. tackled well alongside Harry F, but the consistency of tackling was not there by all at times and player faded in and out of the game. A number of poor tackles saw Kenilworth go ahead again in the 2nd 3rd. 15- 10. Josh F, Casey V and Seb G did make last gasp tackles to prevent tries over the line – never give up – well done boys. The effort and commitment was excellent and the lads should be proud of themselves. Macsen N in the last 3rd scored a great try by stepping players and reaching over the line to make it 15 -15. Huge pressure was now applied by a rejuvenated Southam. Side stepping Theo made a great break as did Isaac S. A great rip by Freddie D nearly gave Jasper a try as did Oscar in the best phases of play for Southam; but 2 tries later on saw Kenilworth win 25 -15. A good first outing showing promise but much to work on. Well done lads.
Man of match Jasper H. Excellent all-round effort and performance
Top skills: presentation and latching. Rucking in most situations.
Work ons: Tackling by all (all of the time) don’t fade in and out of games – run to the play. Run forward at spaces and pass before the contact and support on the shoulder when your mate makes a break.