U10s take four teams to Wendens Ambo 6s
How did they fare?
This Sunday we traveled to Carver barracks to play in the Wenden's 6's rugby festival against Wendens, Saffron Walden, Cambridge, Ely, Royston and Huntingdon. We took 4 teams (more than any other club) who each played 3 game's.
Windy day at Carver Barracks and all the players were keen to get on after a good warm. Our first match was against Royston Barbarians and we started very well with excellent pressure, driving them backwards. With great wide, long pitches it enabled good runing rugby. Our tries were scored through excellent support and offloading. Adam rucked well using his strength to rip and gain control. This allowed Ben and Reuben to work well running and side stepping their way and to provide excellent offloads to score. Charlie set the standard with some great tackling not only making the first tackle but getting up to make the second. William scored a handful of tries with excellent direct running. We won this game convincingly only allowing Royston’s one player to score but not closing down and double teaming. When we learnt this he was restricted.
Our second game was against Wendens and this was a close tight game which is great for the team. We tackled superbly with both Josh and Wilkie making some decisive tackles. Wendens had some good strong runners and were excellent in the ruck, keeping their body low and normally being the first at the breakdown. We need to work on this on Tuesday for those that can make it. Josh made an excellent break only to be brought down in touch just short of the line. Josh should realise how strong a runner he is and use that to his advantage. Supporting him is key and we continued to win the offloads and keeping the ball alive. This enabled us to overcome a determined Wendens side.
The last game was against Huntingdon and it was scrappy with a lot of forward passes, offside, multiple players in the ruck, being off their feet……by Huntingdon which didn’t get picked up. Nevertheless we overcame the nine man team and scored some great tries. More importantly our pressure in defence was excellent. They had some big players and I was so pleased to see Edie not only make some good yards and offloads but to take these guys on and on a number of occasions rip the ball to win it for us. Well done Edie. We managed to make it 3 out of 3 to complete a great Sunday of rugby.
For next week against Hitchin at home I would like to see low in the ruck, support the player with the ball so that at the tackle we are first in the ruck or able to take the pass. Let us try and get to the deck as quickly as possible so we can recycle the ball. Otherwise I was so pleased how we played and we played for each other and helped each other out - brilliant. I can't name a man of the match because everyone played their part.
A windy Wendens Ambo saw team Lightning, consisting of Sam G, Zane, Ben H, Seb H, Elliot, Hugo, Fred and Stan take to the pitch in Arctic conditions.
Game 1 was against Cambridge and saw the Shelford side quickly put on the back foot. The first half saw Cambridge dominate particularly in the speed of attack and rucking, which enabled them to score. The second half saw Shelford come back strong upping their defence and starving Cambridge of the ball and scoring well worked tries.
Game 2 against Saffron Walden saw Shelford up their game and build on the strengths of the second half in game one. Shelford defence repeatedly pushed the opposition back and rucking consistently won the ball which the Shells were able to spread wide and score. Tackling was strong and Saffron Walden were denied space in which to play.
Game 3 saw team Lightning take on the Baa Baas, a team made up of players from a mixture of sides. Shelford took to this game with a real sense of purpose playing strongly and ensuring that team Baa Baa were given no space in which to run. A dominant game in which Team Lightning scored freely and conceded no tries.
Strong performances from all after the initial shock of Cambridge. The boys listened well and worked hard particularly in defence, rucking and tackling. A great mornings Rugby where valuable lessons were learnt. Well done boys.
Game 1 vs Royston.
Team furious started well against Royston trying to move the ball quickly with strong tackling and rucking. Our defence held strong often wining the ball back which enabled the team to win with a clear margin of 3 or 4 tries. Best moment was a deep run onto the ball which broke their line of defence for a great worked try!
Game 2 vs Cambridge saw a much stronger opponent with some excellent defenders and runners providing a stern test. Team furious managed to stay in contention with some great runners of our own, defending well and increasing our aggression at the breakdown. With 5 mins to go, team furious were two tries down but not beaten. With some outstanding defence and turnovers, outstanding rucking and handling, we managed to pull the game back to a tie at the death with some excellent passing and running. This team refused to be beaten and worked exceptionally hard to draw level.
Game 3 vs Safron Walden was a much more one sided contest with team furious scoring at will in the first half! The second half we were not as dominant but nonetheless managed to score some well worked tries and defend well.
All round a great effort by the team, making some strong tackles, improving our rucking game and trying to move the ball in what were some tricky conditions. A great morning.
Game One – Royston Ravens
We started very well, the defence was excellent – definitely the stand out feature of the first game. Royston were in our half but for moments in the whole game, we conceded no tries and dominated the contact and the ruck. Tries came through excellent defensive pressure and in the wide open spaces from some good individual moments.
Game Two – Wendens Kings
Our most complete attacking game of the three. Again our rucking was very good, probably the element of the game that had most impact on the result as it enabled us to both keep possession and deny a good Wendens team the ball for long periods. Defence was still of a high standard although we did fall off a bit towards the end and allowed a couple of tries through, perhaps because we had by the latter stages scored some excellent tries both through teamwork, with several moves showing a much improved appreciation of space and using the ball to beat players (rather than trying to run through them) and again through some fine individual efforts.
Game Three – Ely
We had a break between games two and three and it showed in a slower start against what was by far the best team we faced on the day. Very well drilled in defence and ruck and incredibly committed. This Ely team were a very strong, tight and motivated team and dominated possession and territory for much of the game. Which made our performance (and dare I say it the result) by far our best of the day. Ely were very strong in all facets and seemed to have much more energy than us initially, we suffered a couple of injuries, were down a player for awhile and up against it for most of the game. And with a noisy crowd behind them, the boys of both teams gave a really impressive display of guts and effort and we knew on ‘last play of the game’ we were down a score and we made it, we got in to tie the game. It was tense and exciting and a great advert for both clubs and all boys concerned.