The U9’s made the short journey to Cottesmore for what the boys were calling the ‘El classico’ of rugby. Knowing it was a local derby the boys were keen to build on a strong performance last week against Windlesham.

With a couple of rule changes, mainly that we were now playing sets of 6 tackles, we set out to try and stop the opposition and force mistakes. We started well but conceded an early try after a good run from one of the Cottesmore boys. Constant strong tackles from Arun and Marcus in the middle of the park, support by Matthew meant that the opposition kept on giving up possession and giving us the ball back. We scored a try mid-way through the half with Rex picking up a loose ball and making roughly 20 metres before being tackled, Arun was on hand to take the off load and make more metres. The ball eventually found its way to Rex again on the wing who ran in from distance to score a well worked try. We conceded again before half time to a strong run from a Cottesmore boy. Going in to half time at 2-1 down, we picked a couple of points we needed to improve upon. We took those points well into the second half and scored an early try with Rex picking up from a knock on from the opposition. At 2-2 we looked like the stronger team and made it count when we went 3-2 up after some more good running work and great offloads in the tackle. A further try from Rex made it 4-2 and we didn’t look like conceding at any point. We decided at a break in play that our aim was now to keep a second clean sheet. After a high tackle Cottesmore had a new set of 6, 6 metres away from our line. Some brilliant tackles forced a mistake and gave us the ball back.

We finished the game at 4-2, a huge progress from last week and a great win. Some great tackling throughout from all of the lads, with each of them doing a brilliant individual job. Man of the match however must got to Rex for four tries and many excellent tackles. A great way to finish before Christmas lads!