Saturday, 20th January
Rugby v Cottesmore
Under 13A Lost 0-15
Under 13B Lost 15-30
The U13B team played their second match of the season today at home to Cottesmore. Despite the wet ground conditions both teams threw the ball around and it was a very entertaining game. Cottesmore started strongly and scored two tries to go 10-0 up. We responded with some good handling and Dahiru raced away for a try. Unfortunately we lost possession of the greasy ball near our line twice and Cottesmore were gifted two simple tries. Down 5-20 at half-time we fought back with an excellent second half performance. Cottesmore scored again, but we replied with two excellent tries to Juan and Hamish. We showed some spirited defence near our own line, although our visitors scored the last try of the game. Hamish was outstanding on the left wing and his pacy running lit up the game. He scored one try, but could easily have had three or four. Juan was superb at inside centre with some superb runs and excellent tackling. Will was the pick of the forwards with some elusive running and super work at the breakdown. Dahiru, Oliver, Kent, Kieran and Diego all tried hard in the backs. Nikita, Remy, Jim and Luis all battled away in the forwards and will have learnt a lot from today's game. Well played, everyone! MH
Under 11 Won 30-5
What a great afternoon! In grim conditions, the boys really fronted up and played some superb rugby. The spirit was epitomised by Toby who, having been hit hard in the tackle, was winded. When asked if he’d like to come off for a breather he instantly said no and got straight back into the game. I was hugely proud of all the boys.
George set the tone from the kick off by catching the ball cleanly and setting off on a solo run that took him close to Cottesmore’s line, beating several defenders on the way.
Whilst that particular attack didn’t result in a try, we did manage to cross the line twice in the first half courtesy of an Ed Nolan double and kept a clean sheet ourselves.
Despite leading 10-0 at the half and having had the majority of possession, I felt that the game was still fairly evenly poised. The message was to put the match to bed in the first five minutes of the second half by scoring first and suffocating them in defence. The boys achieved both these targets, scoring an early try and giving Cottesmore absolutely no space or time when in possession.
Cottesmore did get on the score sheet with a well worked and thoroughly deserved try and started to get more possession. Twice they got to within 5 yards of our line but on both occasions the ball was turned over, one resulting in a length of the field try and the other, a large territorial gain.
By the time we reached the remaining minutes of the game, Ashdown had regained control and scored a couple more tries.
Whilst the scoring was not spread throughout the team (Ed 4, Huberto 2), it was most certainly a team performance. Absolutely everyone played their part and I was especially thrilled because we lost 10-20 to Cottesmore last term. To turn that into 30-5 victory was a wonderful achievement by the boys. CS
Under 10 Lost 15-30
We didn't start well. Cottesmore managing to score two very quick tries. From that point on we were under the cosh. We picked up our game and managed to stop them for the next 10 minutes However, their pressure paid off and we went into half time, 0-4 down.
We came back much stronger after half time, 'hitting' the rucks well and managing to keep the ball for longer periods. This paid dividends and Ed F zoomed down the wing to score our first try. After that we dominated the game and Miles touched down twice. We continued to work hard but Cottesmore re-established their dominance and finished the game with two more tries. All in all we performed well and the boys gave thier best. TG
Under 9 Lost 45-60
Yet again, some ruthless British winter weather over Ashdown today for our first home fixture this term against Cottesmore. (Earlier on last term we hosted a practise match against Cottesmore and it was a very tight game, so, going into this today we all knew what to expect.)
The game was end to end for most of it. With just under a minute played, Harvey blasted forward with his lightning pace and scored the first try of the game. Cottesmore instantly came straight back at us from the halfway line and scored. I think we were still half asleep!
Teddy and George made brilliant darting runs forward with the ball while dodging side to side to get round the defence. Johnathan, William, Aidan and Demeyan were also solid at retaining the ball when it was loose on the floor. They all protected it nicely so we could keep possession. Paul and Kit also played a crucial part in making 6/7 important runs and making important passes to their teammates. These helped our attacking flow going forward.
With so many tries in today’s game, it came down to who wanted it most and unfortunately it wasn’t us. Lastly, a special well done today to all the boys for their efforts in terrible playing conditions today. Going forward, we shall train hard and be looking forward to our next fixture. JS