Haydn reports: On 17 March, a team of 11 Woodbridge boys travelled to Wisbech Grammar School and competed in a total of five games. Our first game was against Ipswich School, who went on to win the tournament. From the start, we unfortunately played with a more relaxed attitude which led to Ipswich scoring several tries. After the first game we changed our approach and played with a higher level of intensity. Although we ended up with a loss, we played well and took the positives from the game.
Our next game was against Wisbech with whom we have a competitive history. We came onto the pitch with a whole new attitude which resulted in us playing a much better game, with better ball handling, avoiding contact, and using the width more. The end result was 24-0 to Woodbridge – a very satisfying win to say the least.
We then went on to play Oundle, a game that concluded with a disappointing loss, especially as we had scored the first try. We played to our strengths and tried to target their weaknesses which overall made a good performance for the match.
After qualifying for the Shield, we played Robert Clack School in the semi-final, winning 12-5. This was more of a 15s style game because of the pure aggression shown by their team. We exploited the fact that they lacked certain skills by putting the ball wide and simply running around them.
Our final game was against The Perse; this was a brutal and tiring game as we were down to our last 7 men with a number of injuries.
On the whole, we played some good rugby and we are proud of the effort and time that we put in.