We travelled to the Ashdown 7’s knowing that we would be in for a tough afternoon having been drawn in the same group as Great Walstead, Hazelwood, House and Rose Hill. We started well against Cumnor but were undone by quick tries which all came from our own mistakes. A desire to play well was our downfall as we began to rush things which in turn brought the mistakes. consolation was that Cumnor did not actually create any of their own tries so we knew that our defence was holding strong. Sam S managed to spin out of a tackle to score a try at the death but it was too little too late by that stage.
Great Walstead had beaten us comfortably a few Wednesdays ago but this game was to be slightly different. We played our best rugby of the season and pushed GW the whole way. They took an early lead but we hit right back with a superb solo try from Austin. Firstly he made the tackle, and then ripped the ball the attacker; he then broke through 2 tacklers before running the length of the field to score. GW another try through some good handling but we remained calm and kept some good possession. With the last of the game GW stole the ball and scored the killer in the corner to record an unjust 3-1 win. Their coach even came up to me afterwards and said “Your boys have improved so much since we last met!” – That’s always nice to hear.
Rose Hill were not up to the same standard and we raced into a 3 try lead at half time through Ben C (2) and Luca. This was the only game where I was left frustrated with the boys as we should have went on to win the game comfortably, however we let Rose Hill back in to score 3 tries and if it wasn’t for another Ben C try we would have ended the day without a win!
Our final game was against a solid Hazelwood side, who are contesting the National Finals on Sunday. They were comfortably the best side in the group and ran out 7 tries winners to remain It was always going to be a tough tournament so to leave after the group stage was no shame. The boys gave a good account of themselves, winning the game that they should have won and producing a fine display against Great Walstead. Well done to all 8 boys. MA