Wednesday evening saw the year 9 rugby team take on Finham Park at Southam College. Southam were pinned back from kick off and defended 18 phases of Finham attacks. Eventually Southam got their hands on the ball and started to play some lovely attacking rugby trying to use the space and width of the pitch. They were rewarded with a try from Reni who dived over a passage of good forward rucking from Tom W, Will, Tom C and Max. A second try came almost immediately after receiving the ball from kick off. A strong carry from Logan and then Shaun allowed Rory to pop a pass to Jaden to dive over the line in the corner. Southam continued to play expansive rugby and were guilty of holding onto the ball too long when passes were on to players in better positions, however this didn’t stop Ben from powering over the line. This try was converted by Logan. Southam scored their 4th try of the half after good wing play from James B was supported by Callum and Reni before Zsombor collected from the base of a ruck to touch down. Logan converted to make the score 24-0 at half time.
Mr Turton set the challenge of conceding no points in the second half and to improve at the breakdown to increase turnover opportunities. Southam capitalised on a bouncing ball and executed some delightful handling through Jaden, Jake, Tom C and finally,,, James P touched down in the corner for the first score of the second half. The game become more physical with lots of good tackles from both sides and excellent rucking being displayed. Southam scored their 6th try of the afternoon when Ashley danced through and finished well, allowing Logan an easy conversion in front of the posts. The final try of the afternoon came from a sustained period of pressure within the Finham 5m which eventually resulted in Shaun diving over the line to score right next to the posts. Logan converted to make the score 43-0.
Final score 43-0.
Lots of positives to take from an entertaining game, but equally there are still areas to improve, particularly with attacking decision making. We can aim to work on this at training next Wednesday before our next game against Ashlawn next Thursday.
Man of the match: Rory, for fantastic all round play combining the forwards and backs with good offloads, direct running and thunderous tackles.
Well done all.