Colts Under 18s A
All the senior teams train together as one squad; from the Colts who have recently started playing men’s rugby to the Club stalwarts who have been part of the WRUFC furniture for many a year.
With a squad of around 100 players and a team of dedicated and experienced coaches, you may be surprised to learn that the evening training sessions have been known to draw a crowd of spectators. Committed to each other and to their club, this senior men’s squad is one of the many jewels in the WRUFC crown.
Woodbridge 64 Hadleigh 15
After an enforced delay due to the late arrival of the ref, seeing the KO delayed to 3.15 PM, Woodbridge started with a bang and were 14 points to the good before Hadleigh had even touched the ball. Felix latching on to probing kick from JJ and Archie getting the first of his four tries.
Normally 4 tries would leave you as a shoe in for MOM but, JJ ran him close with three and had the ball on a string all afternoon so got the nod for a superb all round performance. More of the same tomorrow please!
Hadleigh were shell shocked, it was 40-5 by half time, and our attack had dominated. When they did have the ball, we picked off their runners relentlessly and the more the phases they ran, the more exposed they looked over the ball. Sam had another stormer, protecting our ball and tackling ferociously. Jacob ran him close and our bullets invariably won the race, came in at a pleasing height and level of aggression. This needs to be another area of focus tomorrow
In all we racked up 10 tries with Archie (4), JJ (3), Felix, Leo and Aldis dotting down. Defensively they scored one out wide when they exploited a large overlap, and two round the fringes, when we had too many forwards waiting in the backs. We need to be more aware and more vocal to defend both.
Woodbridge 38 Sandal 14
Another good win for the squad. We had sent the below to the EADT with some Woody photographs (check Facebook!) but they have yet to run with it.. Hey ho.
Woodbridge Colts (U18) progressed to the final of the National Cup – plate competition defeating Sandal 38-14 at Hatchley Barn on Sunday. Three tries from Leo Lewis, two from Lewis Jacobs and one from Ben Harrington, gave the Suffolk side a comfortable win over their West Yorkshire opponents, Jack Johnson converting four from six.
After some initial probing by both sides, it was the home team that seized the initiative. A loose kick was gathered by fullback Simon Plummer outside his own 22, and his mazy run took him to the half way line before offloading to the omnipresent Leo Lewis on his shoulder. Lewis outpaced the defence and in a double blow for the visitors, their scrum-half Sam Tovey pulled up with a hamstring injury giving chase.
Soon after, Woodbridge skipper Lewis Jacobs crashed over from close range after the home team had opted to run a penalty, Johnson this time failing to convert.
Sandal then exerted an extended period of pressure, battering round the fringes against some resolute home defence. Harrington was yellow carded for persistent infringements in the red zone, and a score at this stage would have breathed life into the Yorkshire challenge. Instead it was the Suffolk team that broke, and after good lead-up play by Jack Moody, Leo Lewis showed strength to score his second try of the afternoon, giving the home team a 19-0 lead at the break.
Harrington made an immediate impact on his return, scoring at the start of the second half to snuff out any thoughts of an away comeback, and when Lewis Jacob added his second try of the afternoon, it was 31-0.
A converted try by Sandal finally got them on the score board but it was the home side that were calling the shots; the Woodbridge pack were retaining ball well with Sam Garrington to the fore, and Jack Johnson was dictating play from ten; mixing his game well with some sublime breaks and intelligent kicking.
A thumping tackle from Tom Ives enabled Leo Lewis, scavenging well, to complete his hat trick before a hard line from the Sandal centre, hitting a gap at pace, completed the scoring for the afternoon.
Woodbridge will now play Brentwood in the Plate final, the Essex club defeating Ivybridge (Plymouth) in the other semi-final.
Tring 12 v Woodbridge Colts 33
“A win for the good guys.
Ripped into them in the first half with the conditions behind us; wind, slope and rain. 26-0
Dogged second half performance to close out the game with a further try taking the wind out of their sails..
‘Playful’ trip back on the minibuses…” DA