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Year 7 Rugby

Spot the Difference!
Southam 5 Lawrence Sheriff 20
This was wonderful match in winter sunshine between two well matched teams. Southam dominated possession and territory but Sheriff took their chances to make the difference.
There is almost no discernible difference between twins Joe and Max Washbrooke. There is little difference in their play. Both are fast, intelligent players with strong tackling ability. Debutant Max was awarded Man of the Match, whilst Joe used his pace to grab Southam’s try.
Good body positions by the forwards gave Southam the technical edge at the ruck and maul with Josh Lee, Josh Poulton, Joe Cummins and Pat Fitzgerald to the fore. However, Southam could have made the difference if they had spread the ball wide rather than continually taking the ball into contact against physically strong opponents.
Giaan Ray is starting to make a difference. His excellent tackling stopped many Sheriff attacks and grabbed him Tackle of the Match.
More ball for the backs would surely have brought victory with Tom Hill, James Phillips, Ben Robinson, Lennie Cramp and the Washbrooke twins all looking dangerous.
The warm hospitality, hot drinks and hotdogs from Sheriff certainly made the difference on such a cold morning. Kieran Caruana certainly agreed, our diminutive scrum Half devouring two massive sausages!

Year 7 Rugby

Knight Time!
Southam 15 Bilton 10
A dramatic Charlie Knight try with the last play of the game snatched victory for Southam over a courageous Bilton side. Charlie Parsons was held up two metres from the line before excellent mauling from Man of the Match James Phillips released Charlie to score in the corner!
James Phillips, in his new Inside Centre role was fabulous throughout. Captain Tom Hill, now at Fly Half showed superb passing skills to continuously release James in space to regularly penetrate through Bilton’s defence. Indeed it was James who scored an individual try to give Southam an early lead. Bilton hit back with a fine try by their talented female left winger. A 5-5 half time score was a rather disappointing situation at the interval considering Southam’s dominance of the ruck and maul.
The situation deteriorated in the second half when a period of sustained Southam pressure was burst with a Bilton breakaway and a try. We needed the TV replay to check the grounding of the ball but I gave the benefit of the doubt to our opponents who deserved the score for their fine counter attack.
Falling behind rallied Southam and at last there was better support for the ball carrier, Joe Washbrooke and Ben ‘Weaver’ Robinson made several fine breaks. Joe Washbrooke and Cameron Power shared Tackle of the Match for two sensational low tackles that halted promising Bilton attacks. Sam Hayward was enjoying an excellent debut in the forwards and was well supported by Joe Cummins, Giaan Ray and George Hinds. George was given Ruck of the Match for driving his opponents backwards. Joseph Bromley made his debut, but did not get chance to show his electric pace, more game time will help develop his undoubted talent. The pressure told and more strong play from the backs created the opportunity for Charlie Knights to score the first of his two tries to level the game and set up the tense finish.
Charlie Parsons had a try disallowed with minutes to go but good pressure at the scrum from Oliver Gill resulted in a crucial penalty which led to Southam’s dramatic last gasp winning try.

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