The A squad were at the Old Beccahamians Festival on Sunday and produced a great performance to win the Cup Competition
We played some excellent flowing rugby throughout the day despite the narrow pitches and managed to move the ball superbly and ran in some brilliant tries. Our defence was awesome throughout conceding only 1 try (and that was after we gave away 4 consecutive penalties for high tackles). It was great to see all the boys contribute to a real squad effort, but what was particularly pleasing was overhearing the boys pre-final team talk when several of them were explaining what they all needed to do and how they needed to play to beat Sevenoaks "tackle low, ruck hard, move the ball away from contact, communicate, don't run into touch and support each other". Andy and I just stood close by and listened to the boys encourage each other to do all the things we'd been trying to coach them which is exactly what we want them to do - very impressive.
In terms of the results:
OE's v Beccehamians - WON 3-0
OE's v Bromley - WON 3-0
OE's v Beckenham - WON 1-0
OE's v Colfes - WON 3-0
OE's v Warlingham - Won 2-1
FINAL - OE's v Sevenoaks - WON 2-0
The final was a real hard fought affair where Sevenoaks had the balance of play in the first half moving the ball well in contact. We however came out fired up in the second half and scored an early try after a great move which saw Ben sidestep his way to the try line, and then Oscar scored the second try soon after thanks to his extendable arms. All the boys played their part but it was particularly pleasing to see Ed score after some really determined driving play, whilst both Ben and Jacob where awesome all day putting in some really strong tackles and knocking the opposition back time after time.
Next stop the Westcombe Park Festival.