Wednesday, 23rd January 2020
1st XII v Vinehall
Lost 5 - 20
2nd XII v Vinehall
Lost 45 - 55
U11 VII v Vinehall
Lost 5 - 50
We really didn't cover ourselves in glory today. Admittedly we were up against a very strong side but we were not at the races today. As a result, we were given the hiding we deserved. That having been said, there were some positives. Nemo and William were very good with ball in hand and Kit tackled well and did everything he could to marshall the rest of the defence. The real issue at present is not a lack of effort or determination but a lack of thought. We are trying to learn the various structures of the game as well as the techniques and this is taking a little longer than I had hoped. However, the boys are persevering and morale is still high so I am confident of progress in the near future. CS
U10 VII v Vinehall
Won 45 - 25
Today the boys took on a very good Vinehall side. The game was end to end, which was great to watch to see how our side defended tactically. During the week we worked on driving forward when we had the ball. Oh boy... this certainly paid off! We were so strong going forward while being brave at the same time.
Our support play, like rucking, was outstanding today. We won 95% of the rucks which showed a good level of strength and passion as sometimes rucks you just need to be brave. There were many outstanding phases of the game today so I cant just pick out one, but I feel today it was a real collective battle that we fought... and won!
Well done boys... keep progressing! JS
Saturday, 11th January 2020
1st XI v Brambletye, Won 10-5
1st XI v Cottesmore, Lost 5-15
The 1sts had a triangular against Brambletye and Cottesmore. The team played some high-quality rugby, building phases well (which was particularly pleasing as this had been the focus in training) and supporting each other at all times. We were narrowly beaten by Brambletye which was frustrating, however the boys bounced back and showed their strength of character with a good win over Cottesmore. Well done to all the boys and in particular Freddie whose commitment and physicality was an example to all. RC
U11 VII v Cottesmore
What an absolute belter of a game to start the season! Ashdown came flying out of the blocks from the first whistle and quickly got the scoreboard moving with an excellent try. The boys were very much up for this one and with less than five minutes on the clock had scored their second. However, Cottesmore soon found their feet and showed that, with aggressive rucking at the breakdown, they could win ball against the head and send one of their very speedy backs off towards the try line. They did this with some success, scoring an excellent try shortly before half time. This score certainly seemed to galvanise the Cottesmore boys into a remarkable start to the second half. They went on the rampage, scoring three tries before Ashdown knew what had hit them. With Cottesmore ahead 20-15 and less than ten minutes to go, Ashdown finally pulled themselves together and mustered an emphatic response in the shape of two quick tries. With the momentum in our favour, I had hoped for a comfortable end to the game but to their credit, Cottesmore again fought back, levelling the score. In the final moments of the game, Ashdown were camped in the Cottesmore 22 and looking like they had to score. Just as the dam seemed like it must burst, Ashdown lost the ball in the tackle and COttesmore went the length to score what would have been the winning try in the final play. At this point, I must single out William Fry, who not only scored a number of tries in the game but also, more importantly, never gave up the chase. He pursued the Cottesmore flier all the way back to the Ashdown line and tackled him just as he was attempting to place the ball, dislodging it in the process. The final score was a 25 all draw and a fair result after both teams had shown great endeavour. CS
U10 VII v Cottesmore, Lost 10-25
U10 VII v Brambletye, Lost 5-15
The mighty under 10s started the season off with a triangular. Even though our pre-season was promising, we just weren't up for it today.
The first game we played against was Cottesmore. The game was very balanced for most of the game until we started to lose out momentum and drive. With this, we left a lot of gaps open to which the opposition countered on. In all fairness to the boys, we did have a few phases of some lovely rugby, but to be honest, we were beaten by the better team.
Ashdown then had a little 15-minute break to then play their final game against Brambletye. Yet again, we just weren't hitting out tackles for some reason. We were letting them run at us which gave them a massive advantage. Saying this, out ball play and rucking was very nice. Overall, I think what we can take away from this is to start strong.
Keep going, boys!
U9 VI Touch Rugby v Cottesmore
U9 VI Touch Rugby V Brambletye
Saturday, 7th December 2019
1st XII v Cottesmore
What a difference a week makes. The 1st XII have worked hard in training all week and put in a much improved performance this afternoon against Cottesmore. Everything about the team was more assured; they did the basics well and it paid off. Khalel had a superb game at prop; his rucking was outstanding. Edward Nolan was at his best at fly half, reading the game well and exploiting gaps all over the pitch, as well as scoring a great individual try. 3 tries from Massimo and 4 from Martin guaranteed the victory. This was a classic prep school clash and all the boys fought hard to bring home the victory. They have laid great foundations for the season ahead. RC
U11 VII v Cottesmore
U10 VIII v Cottesmore
U9 Tag v Cottesmore
Saturday, 30th November 2019
1st X11 v Brambletye
The 1st XII had a pre-season match against Brambletye. We got off to a good start and Miro very nearly scored, however we then gave a try away and found things difficult. Our forwards battled hard, Johnny was particularly effective in the ruck, however our backs struggled against a solid Brambletye defence. Martin scored a good try, however special mention must go to Massimo who had an outstanding game at inside centre. We look forward to our second pre-season match against Cottesmore. RC
U11 V11 v Brambletye
U10 V1 v Brambletye
U9 V TAG v Brambletye
This was a great game from the boys. Albie settled the nerves with an early try and we found our rhythm. Andre was excellent in the tagging and also added to the try tally an a number of occasions. We could have been a little better in our support play and this was something we focused on in the second half. As a result, Freddie got on to the score sheet twice. Well done to all! PM
Wednesday, 20th November 2019
1st XII - Worth Pre-Season Rugby Festival
3rd in their group & lost narrowly in their playoff