PUBLISHED: 12:24 18 December 2013
Wendens took a large squad and played many games against a smaller squad from the hosts. Wendens played very good open team rugby, passing and showing excellent game awareness. The development this season has been rapid, with their game sense being very apparent. With wins in virtually every game the squad were delighted with an excellent morning of rugby, their smiles clearly showed how much they had enjoyed the fixture.
St Ives offered one team for Wendens to play and so the Knights, the Kings and the Knaves took it in turns to show off their scintillating skills in attack and defence, recording a number of seven tag turnovers, as well as some superb tries. The end result was three wins out of three, but it wasn’t a walk in the park and St Ives put up strong competition and the fixture was fun and good natured throughout.
We started the matches promptly and quickly took control of the game, running great lines, making perfectly timed offloads to supporting runners. The boys hit tackles hard, and kept St Ives behind the gain line. We turned over the ball on numerous occasions, and scored try after try.
We played 4 games and scored 24 tries and only conceded 5. A testament to the hard work and passion of a very talented U10 age group. Well done boys! Let’s keep up the good work.
Wendens got off to a strong start, quickly realising the opposition were not strong at tackling. Charlie Cansell scored within 35 seconds and set the tone for the fixture. A 7-0 with two from Cansell, Harry Mitchell and Oliver Davies and one from Oisin Murphy, who had an excellent game coming off the wing to play scrum half. St Ives’ set play was solid so scrums were even but in open play Wendens proved very dominant in all aspects. A small boggy pitch hindered fast, open, passing play which kept the score down. In the second game we mixed up positions and won 3-0, tries from Matt Saville-Stones, Morgan Evans and Fraser Murray, in the last game the team reverted to normal positions and won 7-0 with two tries from Hunter White and Thomas Powell, Evans, Saville-Stones and Davies also going over. So many tries from the forwards highlighted the conditions and a very different style of game to the one Wendens normally play. Without a single try conceded and 17 scored, the boys were happy.
The U12s put out two teams against St Ives, and both teams showed how well the squad is developing this season. The Saffron team put in a solid performance to win 20-5, with tries from Angus Villiers, John Williams, Max Skingsley and Ollie Haxton. The Walden team followed on to score nine tries, including four from Joe Saych, two from Alex Albright and a great individual try from Adam Oakey, to win 45-0. Man of the match goes to Sam Peck who put in one of the most determined performances of the season.