The boys were very excited to play Windlesham this week despite it being a bitterly cold day. They had trained well earlier in the week and could not wait for what was the first match of the season for many of them. Windlesham kicked off and the ball was soon in Ronnie’s hands. He immediately danced his way through multiple tackles, accelerating one way and then another until he broke free on the right and accelerated clear of what was left of the defence for our first try. After the restart, possession was quickly regained and the boys were demonstrating very good rucking technique and ball retention. Whenever possible a pass was made out of the tackle and the boys consistently crossed the gain line. After a wave of attacks the ball found its way into William’s hands who powered over from close range. Matthew B was a dynamo in both defence and attack and Thomas also tackled everything that moved. The opposition struggled to stop Matthew F when he had the ball and Henri was tackling above his weight. Ben S consistently made ground with the ball in hand and Rio put in an impressive all-round performance. Tom R showed his strength when going forwards and Finley frequently took the ball at speed and contributed to several of the tries scored. Kochi was also full involved throughout. The third score came after another wave of attacks saw Henri step his way through the defence and dive over the line with two tacklers attached to him. This was soon followed by a try for Matthew B who was running a good support line. Ronnie then showed more excellent footwork to go over for his second before the first half closed with a try for Ben. After half time Henri scored again before a ruck on the right saw the ball come left which Finley took at pace and delayed his pass beautifully to Ben who cut a superb angle back against the defence to score under the posts. William then took the ball from a free pass and motored most of the length of the pitch straight through several defenders to score in the right corner. To give Windlesham credit, they never gave up and in the last play recycled the ball several times before they finally squeezed over in the corner for a final score of 9-1. The boys were complimented on their technical skills by the opposing coach and rightly so. The tackle of the day was a monumental effort from behind and at full stretch by Thomas, the run of the day goes to William for his long range try but the Man of the Match has to go to Ronnie “dancing feet” Sidhu! Well done all!