The U9 rugby team played superbly against Westbourne on Tuesday. The result was 14 tries to 6 - a win for S. Anselm's. It was the tackling that won the match, with Goodluck O given man of the match for his excellent tackling. We created some excellent tries, especially in the second half. Edward P finished off an excellent try with plenty of power out wide as Rufus H and Freddie H supported the ball carrier allowing us to keep going forwards in each phase. Well done boys, two wins out of two games!
With the U11s not having a match it fell to the 1st XIII to lead the way on Wednesday against Lady Manners. Although winning last year at u12 we knew this year would be much harder against a year group of over 100 boys and another year to prepare. The first half however proved to be a tight affair of midfield play. Each side contested the breakdown and some strong tackling prevented any space or clear runs. From our attack Lady Manners turned the ball over and with our defence out of position supplied their fast centre with early ball to break through and score. We worked our way back to their 22m area before gaining a free-kick. From this Will D drove over the line to equalise. Lady Manners had strength across their backline which we were doing well to contain. From another period of play in their 22m area we received another free-kick which resulted in a maul on the goal-line. With a double turn-over Louis G appeared from the maul to score. With half-time approaching Lady Manners scored an equalising try. In the second-half we began to tire from the repeated tackling and rucking. This led to a few injuries and with a depleted side Lady Manners scored three times to gain the win. A battling performance!
This Wednesday sees a full set of rugby fixtures all at home versus Worksop College and their Prep School at Ranby.