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Ellingham & Ringwood
Sun 14 Oct 14:00 - Friendly Full time

Salisbury colts 41 - Ellingham and Ringwood 33

Another great game of rugby

The team shrugged of the frustrations of another postponed league game and got on the road to Salisbury to get some well needed match time. We were extremely lucky with the weather and got to play in dry but windy conditions. Salisbury came out of the blocks extremely fast and our colts spent the first 10 minutes defending their line at the bottom of the hill. Our defence was strong and Salisbury were forced into errors. We were unable, however, to execute an effective escape from our 22 and eventually Salisbury scored. Our colts won the re-start and quickly moved the ball wide. As soon as we got the ball in hand our backs looked a threat and after 12 minutes Louis Harling scored near to the posts, converted by Zach Leishman. Salisbury pinned Ellingham back using their local knowledge of the slope to great effect. We probably tried to play too much running rugby near to our own line and it cost us as Salisbury crossed for another score. Undeterred Ellingham continued to play with ambition and moved the ball out to the wing. Adam Kalim took full advantage of a bit of space and scorched up the hill to score out wide. Ellingham were very unfortunate to lose Connor Marshall after 20 minutes to a knee injury. Connor's presence in the loose had been causing Salisbury all sorts of problems. Salisbury sportingly dropped a player to make the game 14 a side but they capitalised on Connor's absence and scored again. Soon after the backs linked up well with Zach Leishman running a great line to score under the posts and convert his own try. At half time Ellingham were ahead. In the second half the Barbarians style ebb and flow continued but gradually Salisbury got on top and nudged ahead on the scoreboard. Ellingham scored after 45 minutes from deep in their own half as Ted Johnson and Louis Harling traded several passes between them as they surged down the hill. Ted crossed for the try and Zach converted. Salisbury then scored twice more in quick succession and Ellingham were in danger of being swamped but the character of the team simply didn't allow this to happen. The urgency of our defence, the physicality of our pack in the ruck and the positive intent of our backs to continually try and run the ball from anyway led to a second try for Louis Harling after 60 minutes. Ellingham pressed hard and looked likely to score again when the referee blew the whistle to end what had been a thrilling and pulsating game of rugby. There were a lot of positives to take from the game. I was particularly impressed by the improvement in our line out with David Edmunds hitting his target jumpers and with the confident movement, jumping and lifting developed by James Morris, Zach Lillis, Andrew Rollett, Owen Dingle and Rob Wakefield. Paddy stepped up to flanker from centre and Aaron Moritzen came back into the side at fly half after several weeks out with a knee injury. Josh Balais did a great job of marking Salisbury's star player and tested the Bath Academy player's own defence when he got the ball in his hands. Sam Harrison made several of his trademark, mazy runs from the back and continually showed how dangerous he is running from deep. The team showed once again that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Team selection

Harrison, Sam Harrison, Sam
Balais, Joshua Balais, Joshua
Harling, Louis Harling, Louis
Leishman, Zachary Leishman, Zachary
Kalim, Adam Kalim, Adam
Moritzen, Aaron Moritzen, Aaron
Johnson, Teddy Johnson, Teddy
Dingle, Owen Dingle, Owen
Wakefield, Robert Wakefield, Robert
Johnson, Paddy Johnson, Paddy
Rollett, Andrew Rollett, Andrew
Lillis, Zach Lillis, Zach
Marshall, Connor Marshall, Connor
Edmunds, David Edmunds, David
Morris, James Edward Morris, James Edward


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