The winning run continued for the U8A on Wednesday afternoon with a hard fought win over Brambletye. Conditions were not great as it was extremely wet and boggy underfoot meaning the teams high flyers would find it difficult to pick up speed. This meant a slightly different tactic with the boys having to find space and make sure that the ball carrier was supported if they were tagged, something that the boys did extremely well as the game wore on. The first half was a tight affair with both sides trading scores. Oliver showed his pace as he finished off some well worked moves. Taran also defied the boggy conditions as he beat the Brambletye defence with some cutting runs. The defensive line improved as the half went on as the boys started to move up as a line instead of letting Brambletye come to them and this lead to two turnovers in the first half, quite a rarity in tag rugby games and a testament to the defence that the boys have worked hard on in training. This also lead to the crucial mistake that the boys were waiting for that meant they lead at half time by one try and would start the second half with the ball and the opportunity the lead by two scores. This was taken with barely 7 seconds on the clock as Harrison made it look easy as he found his way to the try line straight from the first pass of the second half. More good tagging, especially from the top taggers of the day Rohan and Charlie, lead to a couple more errors and another turnover as Copthorne would extend their lead though Harry. Harry would go home with three tries as he was always there to finish off a flowing move in the second half as he put in some great effort to always be there in support to finish off the try. Freddie showed good pace to dive over in the corner as the half came towards an end. There was still time for Tobi to increase the score at the end as Copthorne ran out 13-10 winners. The annual Windlesham tag tournament next Wednesday should provide an excellent test of the boy’s skills and I have high hopes for them in the competition. Well done again to all and for the parents for braving the mud to come and watch.
U8A Tag Rugby vs Brambletye