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Withycombe U13s Vs Topsham U13s  Match Report

Withycombe U13s Vs Topsham U13s Match Report

By Bill Roper
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Withy put Topsham under the pump....but run out of steam


This is always a big fixture in the calendar. Most of the boys know each other from school and the added spice always makes for a good game.

In near perfect conditions, the Withies warmup was solid. The boys clearly sensing an opportunity to show Topsham what this improving side was made of. Topsham seem to have similar numbers, but with only two subs due to late dropouts, it was still going to be a tough ask for Withy to play 4 quarters.

Right from the off however they, not Topsham, set the tempo with the forwards dominating the breakdown and the ball moving through the hands nicely. The pressure built and on 6 minutes Withy made the breakthrough with Ryan carving through the middle for 40 yard touchdown.

Withy maintained the pressure and most of the territory making it 2-0 in the 11th minute with Ryan again going through - this time down the line after some good hands sending it wide for another score.

With Topsham opting to receive from the kick-off Withy sensed they had the upper hand. However Topsham slowly worked their way back in to the game, scoring just before the end of the half. A great 1st quarter by Withy - However there had been a cost. Callum, after cutting through the defence had fallen awkwardly in the off load and injured himself.

The twins were rucking like absolute demons as usual, and Evan was putting himself around - a constant menace at the breakdown with several turnovers won. Ollie R was making himself a nuisance around the scrum and distributing well – it has to be said there was some nice handling from Withy with Freddie, Stephen, and Harry W doing a great job moving the ball wide.

As the game started to shift, fatigue was starting to creep into the with the play. Jason was having to work much harder defensively and doing a great job - as was the whole team. The toll on Harry W was also evident. As his tackle count mounted so did the discomfort from his shoulder - but this didn’t deter him and the tackling continue to be fearless.

The scrum had held up well as raging Bull and Joe, along with Ollie P did a good job against a big Topsham pack. Callum at number eight also putting in a real shift around the pitch to try and secure the ball as number 8.

Then Topsham brought on the big guns, clearly sensing that they needed to try to rescue the match. As we always say the bigger they are the harder they fall and Withy did a fantastic job of bringing him down numerous times before he finally went over in the corner bringing the scores level. Will, who at fullback was having to defend more as the game went on, was regularly clearing the lines well - his kicking was positive, and relieved the pressure several times in the final period.

With Evan now injured after another bump on the head, Withy were once again struggling to get on the front foot. Serious credit has to go to all the boys for putting in a serious shift, however it was inevitable that Topsham, with eight subs were going to cross the line again. But the boys didn’t stop and the final score ended 5-2 to Topsham.

But Topsham certainly knew that they had been in a match - for half at least half the game they were second-best - and credit has to go to our boys for the great effort made to right to the end.

Clearly the ethos that we try to teach the boys of teamwork and fun, along with open heads up rugby, is starting to get around as there are several new players joining the group in the coming weeks. This is a testament to the way the team operate and this will ensure that we can start to build depth in numbers as we go into the season.

After the match all the boys got together for presentations and the awards this week went to:

Man of the Match – Ryan HC for not only his two tries, but also his general effort around the pitch and constant threat to the opposition defence

Donkey of the Day: This is a new award to be presented every week to the player that has done something silly/funny/anything that warrants a notable mention. Its first ever presentation went to the boy who, without fail, gets himself injured every match (mainly due to the number of times he smashes the opposition). Congratulations Evan! 

Next week we take on Brixham (H). Training will likely be on Wednesday as usual - details for both will come out over Teamer in due course so please respond in a timely manner so we know numbers. Just to restate as well, and today was a great example, that without 15 confirmed we will not run fixtures.

Thanks all and have a great week!!

WRFC Coaching Team
(Scott, Warren, Bill, Rich, Les and Wendy)

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Match details

Match date

Sun 17, Nov 2019

Kickoff

10:00

Meet time

09:15
Ryan Harris-Cotton

Star Player

Ryan Harris-Cotton