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U15 Rugby v Culford, won 17-15

18 Nov 15

Harry Hobday reports

The fourth match of the season was home and off the back of the win last match we were fired up. It was very wet and windy so when Woodbridge received the kick we attacked ferociously but with cautious handling. Woodbridge turned over the ball a lot in the rucked thanks to the forwards, with James Eaton being a key part of this. We distributed well but we mostly shifted the ball out wide. This led to a series of impressive midfield phases but the backs had players swarming them. By half time, the opposition had scored two tries but we were undeterred.

In the second half the Woodbridge team kept shape, and as we had identified that we need to do more crash ball to keep the game tight, we had lots of room to run in. Soon, committing each player with pick and drives created a dog leg, and Dom Ellice-Freeman exploited the opportunity to score. Saxon Gallo converted what would become the game winning conversion. The fearless tackling never wavered, and despite their confusing scissor occasionally beating us, we kept chasing and stopping them from scoring. The most exciting moment was one occasion when we were on our line, stopped five phases and then scored ourselves. This is a Woodbridge team that is learning what makes a great team and demonstrated it, notably Harry Brett how was always in the action and scored a great try by going blind off a ruck. And then after huge pressure Dom Ellice-Freeman scored again. Unfortunately they broke the line meaning they got a try in the second half but we kept going. The team spirit was awesome: nothing could stop us. James Eaton used his strength and played no-nonsense rugby. The whole team should be proud to come back from a ten nil down: every player played his heart out and deserved this win.

Man of the match: James Eaton

Tries: Harry Brett; Dom Ellice-Freeman
Conversion: Saxon Gallo

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