Where to start?! This was a truly outstanding performance by this group of up and coming rugby stars- if you think the 6 nations is dramatic you have missed a trick by not watching this local derby!
The Colts B have won 2 games and lost 2 games this term, so the whole season hung in the balance. Captain Josh was re-instated for this epic final game, and led from the front throughout. It started off as a slightly cagey affair, both teams running more sideways than forwards, and some of the rucks were, at best, dubious! Brambletye kept on pressing down the hill, and it was only some magnificent defending by ‘the spinner’ Jerome, who repeatedly flung the unsuspecting wingers into touch with improbable ease, that kept them out. The front 5 of Charlie, Joseph, Oliver, Ian and Avi started working as a team in the line outs and scrums but struggled to overcome the heavier opposition in open play. This pressure finally saw Brambletye sneak over in the corner to score a good try that was comfortably converted. The try seemed to motivate Copthorne, and straight from the kick off we had them worried. Scrum half George and Fly half James linked up well to gain ground, and all of a sudden Oliver ripped the ball off the last defender and ran in the last 10 yards to score a memorable try in the far corner. The kick was missed, but as the half time whistle went, we had the momentum and the prospect of a downhill second half only 2 points down.
The quality of the rugby kept improving, with all the backs getting their hands on the ball, and Zak, Nathan and Josh kept on breaking through and gaining yards. The tackling was also solid with rucks and mauls being turned over alarmingly regularly, and it was not long before James picked up a loose ball, sidestepped a couple of flying pink and black shirts and ran in a great try from the half way line to give us the lead. Brambletye responded quickly and caught us napping. They passed the ball well and set up solid rucks, which we did our best to defend, but they finally sneaked in the corner for a try to retake the lead.
10-12 down, 8 minutes on the clock, enter skipper Josh. Previously renowned for his relentless ripping and retaining of the ball, he is now famous for his straight line speed! Following a strong series of mauls, James popped it to Josh who broke through the forwards and out-ran the whole opposition defense to score the winning try in the corner- amazing!
After shutting out Brambletye for the last few minutes the whistle went and the boys celebrated a famous victory! These 13 heroic warriors deserved this fine win to give them a winning season, and I’m proud of all of them. Well done indeed!