Henry VIII 5 Southam College 55
On a terrible day with weather looking decidedly problematic, alongside having at least 5 first choice players missing, ( through no fault of theirs), this coach was fearful of being the wrong side of a tough game. I am delighted that the day did not go as expected.
The power of the pack was matched by the aggression of a makeshift set of backs. Dylan Willis and Nick Houldey were like the Vunipola brothers, always breaking the game line from start to finish. They not only scored tries but just as importantly presented outstanding ball. The coolheaded Rhys Bennett, in at Captain, as well as a danger round the fringes – scoring a great scrum half try – then set the platform for the outstanding Eric Stanley to produce runs and ball for the backs, setting up as well as scoring tries.
Dion Tulloch produced tackle upon tackle as well as out rucking his opponents, ( a lot could be learnt from watch his efforts and technique). Power down the middle was converted by pace outside. Not only did Duncan Storey stop several one on one Try efforts by Henry’s on the wing, he also showed real aggression with a deserved try from his own half way line! I was also delighted with the defensive improvements from Charlie Morrison on the other wing, courage and conviction – keep it up. Harry Latus playing as well as I have ever seen him, showed an intelligence above his years with knowing when to offload and when to set the ball, he also won ball through hard work – he chased down everything. Will Scott is always the athletic talisman, getting to and securing ball that he has no right to get near. Eden Wood was incredible at taking the ball on and deservedly scoring several tries and being the enforcer in the scrum. Jack Barley – Morey is also becoming as versatile as Lions player Elliot Daley, he covered at fullback in the worst conditions but did not put a foot wrong, collecting and running back ball after ball. Jan Novy and Nick Goode are definitely growing in confidence and deserved their time on the pitch in a Saturday game. Jan even went on ,(when Henry’s player went off injured), for the opposition and stopped Eden Wood twice – no mean feat. Matt Cartridge has also been a great asset to the squad and is one of the most improved players. He not only tackles well and rucks hard but shows an excellent pair of hands for front row! The same can be said for Ethan Coulter – fearless in putting his body on the line for his mates – he represents what Southam College Rugby is all about. Needless to say the who team deserve credit for their performance and therefore all got the man of the match award. The whole squad will need to keep this going into next year as we go 15 a side.We have the players and with a few more in the squad this delightful bunch of lads will continue to fly.
A proud Mr Elkerton!
It was also fantastic to see the lads on the bus from all teams give Roger Eadon a deserved cheer and thank you for his contribution to Rugby and sport at Southam College over the last 22 years. When the pressure is on in a tough job, Mr Eadon still gave up his time and efforts afterschool and on Saturdays for the lads to benefit from this great game. He will be missed by all. Best of luck as he leaves to be headmaster in Daventry- we hope to be playing one of your teams some day soon.