While the A team had some mixed results today, the B team continued their recent run of success by convincingly winning the Twickenham 7’s Tournament.
Considering the recent bad weather, we were fortunate enough to have a relatively nice day, and despite it trying a couple of times, the rain did hold off. It was slightly chilly, but not too bad. Most of the players arrived nice and early, which meant they could have a good warm up before their first games.
It was Saracens up first for the A team, and they looked like they wanted retribution for us winning their festival a couple of weeks ago. Ruislip seemed to be half asleep from the start, missing too many important tackles, and they quickly found themselves 1-0 down. Ruislip went very close right from the restart, but were taken in to touch just short of the line. Owen managed to level the scores with a good run into the corner, before the Saracens took the lead once again. The score at half-time was 2-1 to Saracens. Ruislip continued pressing for the equaliser, but they struggled to win the ball from their own scrums, which made things easier for the Saracens. The second half was uneventful on the try line, with the score remaining 2-1 at full time.
Grasshoppers were next for the A team, and Owen ran into the corner straight from the start to give Ruislip an early lead. Rhys stole the ball straight from the restart, and ran on to score. Great vision and a great pass by Avi, with superb hands from Owen, saw him score his second try of the game. Nia received the ball from a succession of passes along the line, and she ran half the length of the pitch to score, with chasing players not able to get close. More great passes by the team saw Tariq run on and come close, with Avi following up to take the ball on and score. Ruislip were comfortably in the lead at half time by 5 tries to 0. Ruislip continued their domination right from the restart, with Oli picking the ball and showing good feet and a change of direction to score. The ref blew the whistle early, as the maximum of 6 tries had been reached.
Farnborough were third up for the A team. Early pressure from Ruislip saw Farnborough defending well, with Owen staying down after a strong tackle, while Jack ran on to score the opening try. Another show of speed by Jack saw him score again shortly after the restart. Jamie made a strong run through Farnborough just before half time, making great ground, but the try was not given as the ball was held up. Ruislip were leading 2-0 at half time. Ruislip were strong in the scrums, and it was from a scrum that Avi passed the ball out to Nia, for her to run in the corner, only to be tackled as she was about to put the ball down, and for her to drop the ball forwards. Jack finished off the game by scoring his third try, taking the final score to 3-0.
With Nia and Owen unable to play with knocks from the previous game, the A team were now missing two of their fastest runners, with a tough one against Chobham being their last. Chobham got off to a great start, and scored an early try. Oisin pulled the scores back level with a great run. Chobham took the lead again shortly afterwards, and they had another try held up just before half time. It was still all to play for, with just the one try in it as they went in to the second half. Chobham were very well drilled, and won a majority of the scrums and lineouts. They obviously practiced moves from the restart, and bemused the Ruislip players with a runner evading tackles and scoring from the restart of the second half. Despite a valiant effort by Ruislip, with some great tackles, Chobham went on to score a further 3 tries without reply, and the referee ended the game early as the maximum number of tries had been scored.
The B team first game was to be against Farnborough, and in stark contrast to the slow start by the A team, they got off to a flyer. William C’s determination paid off when put in a great tackle, stole the ball, and ran half the length of the pitch to put in the try. A great run by Joe D just before half time saw him score and double the lead. Carrying on from where he left off in the first half, Joe D made another great run, and was again rewarded with a try. Ruislip were really getting into their stride, passing the ball very well, and all players tackling with great passion. Joe D wasn’t done yet though, and his final try was to be his best of the game. After some great team defending, a good pass saw Joe D break through and run practically the full length of the pitch to score. Farnborough scored a late consolation try, but Ruislip deservedly won the game 4-1.
Second up for the B team was the host team, Twickenham. Consistent pressure from the start saw Ruislip camping on the Twickenham try line. It took a while of being on the line before Ruislip could make it count though, when William C stole the ball from a line out to score. Ruislip continued to pressure Twickenham, forcing them back all the time. Glenn was quick to pounce on a panicking Twickenham player on his own line, by grabbing the ball, taking the player down, rolling him, and putting the ball down for a try. George earned himself a try by ripping the ball, something he does so well, and then running on to score. Twickenham put some pressure on to score a late try, but the final score was 3-1 to Ruislip.
This meant that the B team needed to win their last game, to avoid it coming down maths and figures to see who won the tournament.
Their last game was against Grasshoppers, who now had players that had moved down from the A Team tournament. This started out looking to be well matched, with some great early tackling by both sides, but Ruislip were to change this. Some good passes saw Toby come very close to opening the score, only to be taken in to touch just short of the line. Ruislip came very close on a number of occasions, and it wasn’t until just before half time that Joe D made the break that put Ruislip ahead. William C scored early on in the second half, and a great run by George saw him surrounded by 4 or 5 players, taking them with him, and making the score 3-0. Callum completed the scoring for Ruislip, ensuring they convincingly won the game 4-0.
The whole team played very well together, and with consistently good tackling and passing in every game, they deservedly added another trophy to the growing collection.
Ruisip A 2-1 Saracens
Ruislip A 6-0 Grasshopper
Owen (2), Rhys, Nia, Avi, Oli
Ruislip A 3-0 Farnborough
Ruislip A 1-6 Chobham
Ruislip B 4-1 Farnborough
William C, Joe D (3)
Ruislip B 3-1 Twickenham
William C, Glenn, George
Ruislip B 4-0 Grasshopper
Joe D, William C, George, Callum
A Team Squad: Avi, Jack, James, Jamie, Nia, Oisin, Oli, Owen, Rhys, Tariq
B Team Squad: Alfie, Callum, Cameron, Casey, George, Glenn, James, Joe D, Samuel, Toby, William C
This was a great tournament win to finish off what has been an outstanding season for the Under 10’s.
We are already looking forward to what next season will bring, where we are sure they will carry on where they have left off.
Very well done to the Under 10’s !