Great Walstead have always proved to be stern opposition in the past, especially from Year 6 upwards. Our U11A’s knew they would have to be at their best if they were to continue their fine form. The opening exchanges were swinging in GW’s favour as they used the slope well to gain good attacking field position. Some hesitant defending allowed them in to open the scoring after 2 minutes of play. The try kick started our boys and we began to play some good rugby. From a set piece out wide left we worked the ball well to Luke who spotted a gap in the midfield to run unopposed to the try line. Within minutes we took the lead after a turnover of possession deep in our own half. The ball found its way in to Sam P’s hands and he duly stepped his man to race clear. There are only a handful of prep school children who would have caught him and luckily for us, none of them played for GW! Just before the break we gave ourselves a well-deserved cushion as Shams barged over from 10 metres out. So after a rather slow start to the half we soon found our rhythm and entered the break 3-1 up.

There is little doubt that we were the stronger team throughout the game. Ewan and Sam R were pulling the strings, Ruari, William and Christopher were making good ground and securing possession and Nicholas, Wesley and Thomas were always a threat with ball in hand. Another good set of phase play allowed Luke in for his second of the game but then GW hit straight back after a good break by their leggy runner. In the dying moments Ruari finally got himself on the scoresheet after 5 games of trying! We may not have scored as freely as we have been doing of late and we were made to work hard for the win but these are the types of games that show true character. I imagine next week will bring about a similar opposition as Hazelwood visit Fortress Copthorne!

Well done boys; next week we go again!