Starting the week with a good full strong squad to play Holt, we lost a few through family commitments and illness and ended up travelling the long A140 into Norfolk with just 15 players.
Woodbridge arrived to the usual warm welcome we have come to expect at Holt, fabulous bacon sarnies and coffee too (thanks guys).
Holt were ready and up for a match with a strong squad of over 25 players and came out from the start, really strong in the set piece through the forwards, forcing Woodbridge back into their 5 meter area time and time again, but Woodbridge held on and with awesome tackling and jackling, stole the ball, kicked through by Travis and set up a great collection by Guy to score the first try. Converted by Travis.
This score may have been against the play, but we attacked at every opportunity.
This was the theme for the whole game. It seemed that we were always under pressure from Holt, but with a great defense the ball was constantly won and turned into a gain of territory, with tries coming today from Harry Mitchell, Louis, Riley, Marcus and lastly Guy – converted by Travis.
A supreme effort by the boys, a great game of rugby. A proper game of rugby, all the hard work done by the forwards, greatly appreciated by the backs, who to show their gratitude put points on the board.
Men “o” the Match – In his only second full game – Sonnie!. A really powerful game today, he is still learning all the techniques, but what got him the award was his sheer determination and strength to retain the ball and gain ground. And an old hand – Travis. Back from a “rib tickler”, not expecting to play a whole game – his distribution and decision making was fantastic. Well done you two.
That said it was a phenominal team effort from the front row to the back line.