On a cold but dry Sunday morning the Under 10 Rugby team travelled to Winchester House School to compete in the National Schools’ Rugby Festival. It was a day of mixed fortunes in terms of results, but it was a great learning experience for the boys and staff.

Unfortunately after a good warm up, the boys were all keen for the first game but the opposition failed to materialise! The boys took this in their stride and in the first game against Wellingborough produced a devastating display to run out comfortable winners.

The next two games were both great games against St Faith’s and Akeley Wood. Whilst we lost both games narrowly, both games were really tight affairs and could have gone either way. Whilst there are a number of technical and tactical areas where the boys can improve, one of the big learning points for these lads is to stop worrying about the score so much and focus on playing “in the moment.”

Overall, I felt our defence was very good. Unfortunately we were penalised a number of times for coming around the sides of the breakdown which certainly hindered us in the second game. One of the key learning points though is we need to scan more effectively and recognise where the space is against organised defences – too often we took the ball into the middle of the defence rather than trying to find the edge of the defensive line. We also need to speed up our support play and react and adapt quicker to the changing dynamic. Too many times we seemed to leave a player on their own rather than get in and win the ball quickly.

Overall I was incredibly proud of the performance of the team. At no point did they look overawed by the occasion and with a bit more luck the results could have been different. What I hope is that they continue to learn and develop and most importantly keep enjoying their rugby!

Well done boys!

Mr Protherough