Woodbridge RUFC U16 12 v Bury St Edmunds RUFC U16 28
By Kirk Bonas
Soggy Sunday Success
Following a draw and a loss in the Suffolk Cup the team travelled to Woodbridge for their final game. Recent encounters had seen Woodbridge very much in the ascendancy, since the start of youth they'd won all games, therefore it was always going to be a tough task. Unfortunately, directly from the kick off initial signs didn't look good as the ball was given away cheaply and Woodbridge scored and successfully converted. However, since the outset of this season there has been a significant change in the teams mentality and an intercepted pass allowed the team to score under the posts to level the score. Following this point there was a change in momentum, with a significant proportion of the game spent in the Woodbridge half, although good defence and poor execution prevented further scores, until backs and forwards combined well for a second converted try, half time score 14 - 7.
From the outset of the second half the game followed a similar pattern with the team exerting territorial advantage in possession and effectively preventing any Woodbridge momentum through well organised and aggressive defence. Continued pressure in the Woodbridge red zone resulted in a number of penalties and finally the third score of the match, which stretched the lead further. Woodbridge to their credit reorganised and following some ill discipline from the team, secured an additional score out wide which was not converted. However, it was the team who had the final say in the game, excellent handling and running carving through the Woodbridge defence and resulting in a score under the posts, which was duly converted. Final score being a 28 - 12 cup victory for the team.
Today again emphasised how far the team has progressed, both in attack and defence. Everyone contributed to the performance and it is as a collective that the team has moved forward, each game raising the bar. Yet there is still more to come in the remainder of the season, today merely emphasised that, 28 points were scored, however 20 more were left on the pitch, greater accuracy and better decision making at key moments will ensure even greater success. Our thanks to Woodbridge for hosting us today, whilst the weather was miserable, the game was far from and all their players worked tirelessly to try and secure the win, yet upon this occasion it was never in their control, unlike previous seasons. Thanks also to our parents for their continued support, come rain or shine, you are truly awesome! Next week will see another away trip to Newmarket.