We arrived early for this triangular tournament with Brambletye and Windlesham House B which gave us time to run through (and rename) some of our moves. We decided that “pivot” was too obvious and so we decided it would be called “Mr Jones” from now on. This extra preparation time certainly seemed to have an effect as immediately from the kick-off Austin ran through the entire Brambletye team to score. It was not long before great clearing out by Luca and Ben B ensured precious possession which went through the hands of Alex and Sam D and Ben C ran strongly under the posts. The focus of the day was firstly, defensive organisation and secondly, to practise our moves (including Mr Jones). The moves were certainly being put to good use and Mr Jones in particular was already producing a number of scores. Strong running off pivot-man, Jacob, soon put Austin through for two more tries.
In the second half, aggressive defensive pressure enabled Luca to steal the ball right on the Brambletye try line following excellent defence from both Bens and this led directly to a try by Alex in the corner. Strong running from Sam S and passing from Joseph and Karan then enabled Luca to score again before the match was rounded off with an outrageous dummy from Charlie which fooled almost the entire opposition and allowed him to run in unopposed from 10 metres out. The final score was a 7-2 win.
The second match was against Windlesham B and Austin again opened the scoring early after a great run and link play from Alex. Jacob was next to score following good support and then great clearing out by Karan allowed Luca to score our third try. The next was the result of outstanding teamwork, Sam S made a strong run, Ben C made a half-break and was supported by Alex who took the ball right up to the Windlesham try line where Charlie passed from the base of the ruck to Luca who took a great line through the defence to score. What followed was a loss of concentration and defensive commitment as we conceded three tries due to falling off too many tackles. The match ended however with one more call of “Mr Jones” which saw Jacob pop a pass to Austin at full speed who rounded the defence and scored in the corner. Final score 5-3 to Copthorne.
The boys’ defensive organisation was head and shoulders above last week (apart from the lull in the second match) and they used the moves practised at pace and with confidence. Mr Jones produced at least 5 tries even though he didn’t step foot on the pitch. Man of the tournament goes to Luca for not only running strongly but for consistently winning the ball through excellent rucking technique. Well done all.