Woodbridge U15’s – 7 v. Bury St Edmunds U15’s – 5

Still at the friendly stage of the season, saw 3 x 20 minute sessions at Culford School against a very spirited Bury St Edmunds side. From the get go BSE were at the ground at least half an hour before us and their warming up and training was focused and well directed by their coaches. Their squad attitude was very positive with very vocal encouragement.

When we eventually all arrived and started to warm up, my concern was as to how many of the boys were actually awake, mentally out of their nice warm cosy beds. And even with quite an intensive warm up and stretching, we probably started the game at 85%.

From the kick off we looked stunned as BSE put us under increasing pressure and only some very brave and technically brilliant tackling from our new wingers – Tom A, Riley and Sam stopped a cricket score happening in the first 20 minutes.

In the 2nd session we played downhill and started to ramp up to our aggression with our forwards taking control of the loose play (still lots to do in the tight and set pieces), but from untidy play and against the run of the game BSE scored the first try in the far corner, not converted.

However, after some awesome inter-passing, BSE were left with no clue as to where the ball was, leaving huge gaps in the defence through which Guy ran in a try under the posts, converted by Travis.

The 3rd session  saw 2 halves of 10 mins, where Woodbridge showed some great ball skills, which opened the defence wide, but we failed to capitalise on.

Ending without anymore scores. Probably in balance a fair score line – but I know we as a team can improve by a further 10-20%, BSE seemed to be playing at their maximum.


Men of the Match this week – Harry Hobday for his rucking and tackling,  and Jake Hateley for a much improved performance at full back – saving several try scoring runs and returning the ball into play through his kicking, passing and running play.


Well done you two.

2 Comments » for Woodbridge U15’s – 7 v. Bury St Edmunds U15’s – 5
  1. Camilla Southwell says:

    To whom it may concern, I am working on a 21st Century Fox feature film depicting the life of J.R Tolkien and we are in need of some U17’/U16’s rugby players to come and join us as Tolkien’s on screen Rugby Team for filming on Tuesday 10th October for the day.

    We are filming in Rochdale and we are really keen to get some of the local teams involved in the filming. We are looking to have 20 boys join us for the day in a paid roles as a supporting artists.

    This is an extremely exciting opportunity for any boys that love rugby, want to see how a professional film set is run and want to test their chops at acting.

    I would love to get in touch with anyone who might be able to help me,

    I hope to hear from you soon,



    • Simon Ballard says:

      Wish you all the best Camilla and will ask around but wouldn’t you be better approaching a team local to Rochdale? They play rugby up there I think 🙂

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