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U11B v Caterham

23rd March 2018

I am delighted to report that the boys secured an unbeaten season this week by winning their final match against Caterham.  In fact, they made an inauspicious start as within the first few minutes they had knocked the ball on, turned over possession and conceded a try.  Perhaps it was nerves.  Nonetheless, after this they settled into their usual controlled aggression and played with aplomb.  Will was captain for the day and not only led by example but also coached, encouraged and cajoled his teammates throughout.  He opened the scoring himself, running strongly from close range and then repeated this shortly after.  It was not long before he chalked-up his hatrick and we led 3-1.  I should add that we could have been two further scores ahead as Adam and Lucas both made exciting breaks but unfortunately placed the ball over the dead-ball line (beyond the try line) which meant the try could not be awarded.  This does not detract from the impact both these players made with the ball in hand in open play.  Henri had a very strong game, making his tackles as usual and appearing in support of other players all over the pitch.  It was his try that meant the score at half-time was 4-2.  After the break, the boys stepped up their aggression in defence and began to pass the ball and play with some fluidity (Allelujah!). Ronnie was threatening to break free every time he was in possession and was unfortunate that on the occasion he succeeded, the match was stopped due to injury denying him a certain score.  Rio scored a very well deserved try, popping up in support and showing great footwork and strength to find his way through several tacklers to the line.  The try of the day was certainly scored by Christopher who took the ball not far from his own line, made an outside break down the right, bounced off several defenders, spun out of another tackle and then continued all the way to the line. Thomas put in another impressive all-round performance, never missing a tackle and Finley again made an intelligent contribution, always looking for space and an opportunity to release the support runners around him.  Hamish didn’t find as much space this week but put in some crucial tackles and was very much part of the team effort as was Rian who again showed great strength with ball in hand.  Another strong run from Will produced the last try of the day to leave the final score at 7-2.  There is no doubt that the Man of the Match award must go to Will, but everyone played their part and should be proud of their contribution towards an outstanding unbeaten season.  I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching these boys and I do hope that they go on to enjoy their rugby next year and beyond.  That is, after all, what it is all about!