The Year 9 Rugby travelled to Rugby this morning to take on the historically competitive Lawrence Sheriff Grammar School team.
Early penalties were conceeded as the forwards struggles to come to terms with the referee’s management of the breakdown. This resulted in possession being turned over cheaply deep in opposition territory and the Sheriff fly half collected the ball and ran in the first of his 5 trys.
After making technical changes to how we enter the rucks, the forwards took control of the game and worked there way uo the field. Tenacious defence from the outside backs won a lineout 10m from the opposition line. Clever movement from Turner and Willis aligned with an accurate throw from Cartridge resulted in Turner powering over in the corner.
Outstanding work on the floor from Parkin-Neal secured loose ball and Wood scored from an accurate pick and drive on the next phase. Bennett hits the post from conversion out wide.
At this point in the game both teams were matching each other score for score, Southam were dominating the game but allowing the opposition fly half too much space to score off cheap turnovers.
3 further scores from Turner saw us go into half time leading 27-17.
In the second half Southam played the best Rugby I have seen in the three years I have been at the school. Physical, abrasive and direct running from the forwards laid the platform foe the backline to run into spaces rather than faces. A tactical penalty kick down the line from Bennett put pressure on the Sheriff back 3, who tried to run the ball from their own line. Parkin-Neal again turned over possession on the floor which allowed the forwards to carry hard at the defensive line. This attritional approach allowed Bennett to stroll over from close range.
The most pleasing things about coaching this group is their thirst for information and their ability to listen. Words under the posts following a soft try renewed the defensive hunger in the Southam team. Tulloch and Stanley who were exceptional throughout the game pressured off the kick off. The forwards turned the ball over and Houldey powered over. The final 15 minutes was a joy to watch as the team linked together to create more opportunities and the final play saw Stanley profit from quick hands across the line to score in the corner.
Final score Sheriff 29 – 56 Southam.
A great team performance that highlights what can be achieved when a talented group of individuals come together as one.
“Lets play like our hair is on fire.”
Training continues on Thursday with tough games to come in November.