One a great morning of sunny weather the Southam squad of 18 lads played against an inexperienced but skilful Camphill Grammar school Birmingham.
Fresh off a scrappy yet dominant win against Alcester, we were looking for whole squad improvements in the rucks and tackle area. We had worked on it in training and the lads really put into action what the coaching team had asked of them.
The first try was a well presented ball with Charlie S. silky smooth running through that was great to see. Harry L then followed up showing equally devastating pace to score out wide. A great physical effort again today Harry! Spencer B has to be noted for a great clear out after he had just made a tackle. The hard work was however mainly done by the big forwards though who set a dominant base for the win. Lewis S. Tom W. Aly M Joe C. all grafted hard in the first third of the game. Sam R. put in a sublime kick and chase for Charlie to outgun everyone for his second. The one blemish by the team was poor tackling on the huge forward Carl from Camphill who went over in the corner in the last minute of the third. He beat several tackles that were far too high resulting in a score in the corner. George P did however make some fine tackles in the first third. Charlie continued to dominate the first 5 of the second third. The ball went through the backs after a brilliant bit of work from Joe, Lewis and Hayden who latched on fantastically well. Charlie scored wide off the back of these forwards. His last was a great pick and go. He is a true talent who captains with grace, but is also keen to learn and develop his skills. He will with the same attitude and desire go far in this game. Warriors or Wasps Charlie?
The Camp hill boys were not to be down hearted and came back with direct running down the middle. It was here that ‘hit man’ Harding came into play and whilst some of the boys again tried to tackle a little too high, Will claimed 4 great tackles in quick succession to knock the wind out of Camp hill’s sails. Hayden W. then returned the ball with some great runs and offloads. Oli Godfrey had a clever little run and linked well. The ball was recycled for Max O to put a run together from fullback. Callum M. then secured the ball, Lewis drove in, recycled again with all the forwards and Callum went over. Great forwards try hitting around the back of the ruck for several phases. Callum got his reward for doing the hard work earlier. Joe C made some dominant runs and presented the ball well. Southam in the last 10 were dominant in defence and attack; Josh E tackling down and drove back the huge Camphill Captain. A David and Goliath event and many peoples choice for champagne moment. That was shared however between a great secured ruck by Tom W and a fantastic text book tackle by James E. that made everybody wince! Southam did start to get the ball moving and Jack M had a great run on the wing. After going back to the other wing ,The ball was then presented brilliantly by Will M. ( one of several superb pieces of skill by the wing today in the ruck ) and Harry L went over for his second. The score could have been more if we had given the pass at the right time and if players cut in off the wing earlier. But the rucking was back to top form. Well done on a great squad performance lads!
Man of the match for a great couple of runs and amazing tackles in only his second game – Will H. (get down the Rugby club with your mates Will)
Final Score Southam 35 Camphill 5
Areas to improve: Backs: width, passing and realigning in the backs after second phase. Forwards :Penalty and ‘line out’ moves, continued securing the ball after low tackles – hunt in pairs – look up Pocock and Hooper ( 2015 world cup – one man chop tackle -s the other over the ball looking for the turn over)