Colts A VIII v Brooke Priory

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On Wednesday the Colts A team travelled away to play Brooke Priory in an 8-a-side match on grass.  The team consisted of Fin, Archie Go, Archie Gi, Dom, Patrick, Arjun, Henry and Kian.  The Colts A rugby team had a  very close match last term, so a tight game was anticipated.

The match did not disappoint, as it was a very entertaining and exciting encounter. Both teams looked comfortable on the ball and played a positive, passing game. There was no aimless ‘kick and rush’.
Archie Gi, Dom, Henry and Arjun formed a solid defensive unit and they covered each other very well. In midfield, Fin was a constant threat, but he was marshalled very well by the opposition. Patrick offered great support and Kian proved to be a great addition to the team. Archie Go had limited chances in attack, but he held the ball up well and worked hard.
We took the lead from a rather scrappy own goal and then, late in the half, extended our lead when Fin scored a superb solo effort. He broke from our goal area, beat two opposition players and then ran, at pace, to the other end, to smash the ball past their goalkeeper.

The second half was equally entertaining with some fine attacking and stout defending from both sides. Brooke Priory scored to make the last ten minutes very tense, but we held on to win 2-1.

Player of the Day went to Henry for his solid defensive work.
Champagne Moment was shared between Fin, for his goal, and Kian, for his clever ball skills in one of our attacks.

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RUGBY COLTS A TEAM v BROOKE PRIORY – Wednesday 4th December 2013

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The Colts A team, consisting of Archie Gi (Captain), Fin F, Patrick B, Henry B, Thomas B, Dom A, Jamie B, Ed B, Archie Good, Kian B, Arjun S and Henry W, played Fairfield Junior School on a good day for rugby.

Stoneygate came across a very organised team in Brooke Priory and despite good possession and field position, fell behind to two breakaway and converted tries. The team hit back through Finn F, with Captain Archie G landing the conversion. In addition, a great run by Tom B lead to what seemed to be the equalising try, only for it to be ruled out due to his foot being in touch.

Half time score Stoneygate 7 Brooke Priory 14

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Knowing they were in a tight game once again, the team played magnificently in the second half and two further tries and conversions either side of a Brooke Priory third tied the score. Both tries came from the ever improving Arjun S, his last a real opportunist try from a knock on by Brooke Priory. In the dying minutes Finn F found space once again only to be called back for a foot in touch, despite no flag from the line judge. Had he gone on to score Stoneygate would have won the game, which their possession, tackling ability and movement of the ball deserved.

Final score Stoneygate 21 Brooke Priory 21

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Man of the Match went to Arjun S for his two tries, his tackling and his play at the breakdown. On the bus back two awards were given:

Top Try Scorer of the Season: Finn 

Player of the Season: Archie Gi

Thanks to all the parents who have braved the elements this season, to see the boys play the game skilfully and above all else with great spirit and sportsmanship.

Below is the record of the season along with details of two tournaments played.

Mr Jelly

Colts B Rugby v Brooke Priory

On Wednesday the Colts B team played their final rugby match of the season, away in Oakham, against Brooke Priory.

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In pleasant conditions our boys began well.  With the absence of our two top forwards Will.R., Will.H. and Oliver had to step up to the job of tackling and they did very well.  Brooke Priory had two strong forwards and although we kept knocking them back they gave our opponents all the momentum in the first half. They scored three tries and led 0-15.

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The second half was tighter and we had more chances to score. Despite the solid effort from Spike, Oliver and Jack in our backs we were unable to get the ball out wide quickly enough.  Brooke Priory scored two more tries to record a 0-25 win.

The scoreline suggests a one sided game, but we had lots of possession and created some good passages of play.  However, Brooke Priory were just a slightly stronger team.

The Man of the Match award went to Jack for his tackling effort and for his positional play.