A 3-way fixture with two new Colts teams
Please note that the Pitchero score accumulates points from both matches
This fixture was hatched to help two fledgling Colts teams from clubs in the same league as our 1st XV but who we have not played since the Minis. Both Newmarket and Thetford have really struggled with numbers and consequently played very few fixtures this season often just pitching up with 10 or 12 players. So, irrelevant of the final scores Rugby was the out and out winner on Sunday as 40+ lads got their boots on. Our thanks to Thetford and in particular Andy Soames (and his family) for hosting the fixture.
Southwold 27 - Newmarket 7
We had 14 players and Newmarket had 12, so our our first match was a 13-aside, 20 minute halves, format with us lending them a player (Sam C, Harvey, Will B and Elliott playing 10 minutes each)
From the outset we were dominant with Will B (playing Outside Centre) bursting through only to be twisted around from an excellent tackle (aka Sam Underhill) in the corner and held-up. 5 minutes later Will B made amends with another line in the centres and this time dotting it down. 5 minutes later, after the forwards turned the ball over on the half way line, Will B found some space and after a show and go was able to run in under the sticks. Tome K duly converted.
Tom K then decided it was his turn, breaking three tackles and stating on his feet to score. He tighten converted his own try.
At the end of the first period Newmarket got a break away and well deserved try.
Tom K kicked off the second period and soon after crossed the line only to be held up (aka Will B)! We then had to wait till the last play of the match for Tom K to step up again to score and convert his second try.
This was far from the Will B and Tom K show despite their points. The team worked well and there were some great passages of play where we were able to string some phases together. But with only 6 in the pack it clearly reduces the opportunities for pods and piggies.
Southwold 55 - Thetford 5
Thetford had 15 players so we played 14 aside in our second match after a 5 minute break.
Some of our best rugby was played during this first period with the 4 tries scored by both Wingers and Outside Centre. The first after just 5 minutes was scored by Niall who received the ball about 40m out and, after a momentary hesitation, backed himself and sprinted for the corner. Tom K expertly converted from the touchline.
Guy scored the second try in virtually the same spot after a typical display of foot work and power as he turned their fullback inside out.
Just a couple of minutes later Niall found himself on the scoresheet again after some good passing down the line and another footrace to the corner but was then able to cut back in to make Tom K's conversion attempt a formality.
Unfortunately we lost our most versatile player, Smithy, who was playing prop on Sunday (he has now played at every position in the Forwards!), with another suspected broken snout. We hope that it's not and that he's back soon. The good news is that we were given there sub who happened to be their 1st XV scrum half. Owen had been playing really well at 9 all day offered to move to the front row and their sub slotted in to his place.
The first period ended well with the play first spanning out wide to the left where we nearly scored and then back out to the right with Will B offloading off the floor just short of the line to a grateful Matthew who scored his first try for the Colts.
The floodgates opened in the second half but again the scorers were nearly all backs. This is credit to the forwards who were winning clean ball for the backs to exploit. First Sam C dummied their centre to run in under the posts. Then Guy scored probably the best try of the day also under the posts but after a superb string of passes and offloads from inside our own half down the righthand touchline involving both forwards and backs.
Callum E then got himself on the scoresheet after an unconvincing clearance kick gave us a massive overlap - which Callum decided we didn't need! A few minutes later Guy scored his second after stepping his opposite number making it look easy.
In the final moments of the game Thetford got a well deserved breakaway try from their own half after some quick hands and an injection of pace from their winger split our defence.
Callum scored his second to round off the game. A good run out for the lads ahead of our big fixtures over the next few weeks.
Newmarket then played the hosts Thetford which looked like it would be a rout after two early tries from Newmarket, but Thetford dug in and turned the game around eventually winning around 5 tries to 3.
A good day of Southwold Colts capping a good weekend for the club with the 1st XV's epic win over Stowmarket and the Ladies win over Cheltenham. But mostly a win for Colts rugby as 40+ had the opportunity to play in the sunshine.