For Tuesday 18 October
The boys were prepared for a tougher fixture against our respected local rivals. Indeed this was a very keenly contested match between two quality teams. The early exchanges were all in favour of Southam, with fast ruck ball and quick passing of the ball wide creating several early chances. This included a superb run by exciting new centre Eric Stanley. Unfortunately, this early dominance was not rewarded on the score sheet, due to excellent Princethorpe tackling, until superb winger Tom Parkin-Neal powered over in the corner mid way through the half. Princethorpe suddenly burst to life and superb recycling of the ball at the tackle led to an equalising try just before half time. Rhys Bennett deserves mention for his excellent passing at Scrum Half.
The second half was very tight and Southam got into a bad habit of taking the ball forward as individuals and losing possession when stopped. Perhaps a few too many easy matches had led to this lack of teamwork. It must be remembered that running 5 metres and recycling is better than gaining 10 metres and then losing possession! Against good opponents like Princethorpe you need to force them to make several tackles and if you keep possession the gaps will appear.
Archie Coats and Dion Tulloch defended superbly against Princethorpe’s excellent Fly Half throughout the game, but he managed to avoid the tackles of several forwards at a free kick to give Princethorpe the lead. Southam responded well and strong drives, especially by Austin Turner and Harry Latus, showed tremendous spirit, but we really needed to get the ball wide in space as debutant Matthew Osbourne and Spencer Wadsworth were looking dangerous. The equalising try came in the last few minutes and was down to dogged determination more than tactical awareness. Several more drives from the forwards allowed Nick Houldey to dive for the line to secure the most appropriate of results.
Gym club is postponed on Wednesday 19th October due to Dance Production Auditions taking place.
Dance productions auditions are taking place in the hall. All students who are auditioning must meet in the hall promptly at 3.35 with their OWN music ready. The P.E Department do not provide music. Any problems or queries please see Miss Evans ASAP.
Three smashing performances from Tom Parkin-Neal secured Southam victory in the Alcester Rugby Tournament on Tuesday. In surely the most unusual of position changes, Tom moved from Prop to Winger. His pace and power were sensational in attack and devastating in the tackle. It is real credit to the team that they did not concede a try all evening.
Southam 20 Alcester Academy 0
Nick Houldey terrorised the Alcester defence with his strong running. It made him a clear Man of the Match. The excellent Dion Tulloch again impressed with his fabulous tackling and quick reactions at the ruck. Nick scored one try and there were further tries from Tom Parkin-Neal, Spencer Wadsworth and the nippy Scrum Half Rhys Bennett. Captain Archie Coats showed his leadership with a strong vocal performance to match his leadership by example. Jody Hollingsworth and Will Scott drove the forwards on with several strong drives.
Southam 10 Alcester Grammar School 0
Prop/Hooker Austin Turner is one of the first names on the team sheet. Austin prefers to go through opponents rather than around them! His strength, excellent technique and competitive nature make him a valuable asset to the team. This was a tough game against good quality opponents and the defence was tested on numerous occasions as we gave our opponents too much space. Tom Parkin-Neal’s stunning tackle with the game still level saw defence switch to attack and an opportunity for Nick Houldey to score. The game was sealed by the best try of the tournament. The forwards rucked over the ball strongly to give Dan Boag quality possession, quick passing along the backs got the ball wide and into space where clever interplay created a gap for Spencer Wadsworth to finish in style.
Southam 35 St Benedicts 0
A tremendous low tackle from Jack Barley-Morey was one of my highlights of a terrific evening as this talented squad started to really blossom. A rush defence panicked the opposition and created numerous opportunities. Spencer Wadsworth’s superb running skills brought him the Man of the Match accolade and three tries in three matches. Dynamic Hooker Harry Latus added a further brace of tries to his record breaking haul last week. There was a stunning solo effort from Tom Parkin-Neal as he seared past several defenders to score. Eden Wood powered in for an impressive unstoppable try, whilst Taylor Stevens footwork was fabulous as he danced past defenders to score on the wing. Rhys Bennett completed the scoring with a well taken try. Finley Simms and James Taylor were unlucky not to add further tries.
Another successful day in house sport, please keep the support up for the final two fixtures.
There has been a change of times by Leicester Tigers for the game on 3rd of December. Kick Off will now be 5.00pm instead of 3.00pm. This means that our times for drop off and pick up will also be moved. The new timings are 1.45pm, meet promptly at school, and 8.30pm as an approximate return. This change was due to an oversight by the administrators at Leicester in informing schools. If there is any issue please let the school know by Friday 14th October.
Mr Elkerton, P.E. Department