We arrived at Brambletye this week to find piles of snow still next to the pitches and very heavy going under foot. The boys were tasked with focusing on generating forward momentum and keeping their width in defence and attack. Brambletye kicked off, Ronnie caught the ball near our line and proceeded to run the full length of the pitch avoiding all attempted tackles. This encouraging start was followed by a very impressive display of running rugby. The Brambletye defence was pulled from one side of the pitch to the other and impressive handling skills in difficult conditions led to Ben running in a try on the right wing and then Thomas showing deft footwork and strength to go over for our third. Adam ran strongly and elusively as well as tackling hard all afternoon and Hamish always looked likely to break away if only we could put him in space; he also made a number of crucial cover tackles. Lucas was enthusiastic in everything he did and Rian again provided essential forward momentum as it always took several tacklers to stop him. Ronnie didn’t manage to break free again after his early try but looked threatening all match and Tom was very strong both in the tackle and with ball in hand. Ben ran elusively and nearly escaped the clutches of the defence on several occasions. Rio had one of the highest tackle counts of everyone and continued to do everything to a high standard; Matthew also provided go-forward and put in his tackles. Thomas and Henri simply tackled everything that moved as well as running hard and fast from start to finish. After half-time, we conceded a try but this was soon followed by great strength from Henri to get over the line and then a superb step and acceleration down the right wing by Adam which took him almost the whole length of the pitch to score in the corner. We then conceded again before the coup-de-grace from Hamish: he took the ball on his own line, feigned to go inside and then set off on an outside break which took him round the defence and from one end of the pitch to the other without a finger being laid on him. Definitely the score of the day! A final score of 6-2 was well deserved and the fact that the tries came from six different players indicates just what a team effort it was. There were several contenders for Man of the Match including Rio for doing all the unseen work at the breakdown and Henri for his tackling, but it must go to Thomas for yet another all-round display. Well done all!