Waverley B Festival- Lions and Jaguars
By Jackie Lewis
Successful day for both B teams
Waverley B festival V Farnham's Jaguars
The hard work of Farnham's U11 Jaguars paid off with a successful Waverley Under 11's Festival.
Kicking off for the first time at a festival put huge smiles on their faces.
The Jags met a well drilled Guildford side for their first match which tested the boys tackling and pitch awareness. With the introduction of kicks in this season, the Jags used these well to clear the line and gain further advantage in open play.
Deep restarts allowed the Jags to apply pressure to the opposition, with quick reactions from George Fletcher to scoop up any clearance kick. This meant the rugby was played in Guildford half. The Jags were to take their first win of the Season.
Next up Cranleigh, despite being a smaller squad the Jags had to concentrate hard to produce another display of tackling.
Strong running from Joseph, Sam B & Ollie G helped us punch holes in the defence. Opening the way to Tom, Sam C and George to score from second phase ball. The boys were now getting a taste for trys and with two coaches from Harlequins watching they were all in the limelight.
Another win and off for a quick master class with the Quinn's coaches!
Haslemere proved to be more tricky. At one point the Jags were down 2 trys but after a half time team talk, the Jags pulled it back to draw 2/2.
The listening and determination of the Jags paid off, as did more strong running from Tom S, Jack B and Harrison to pull the team through. Aided by the much appreciated route 1 try from Billy Shepard to even the game.
Last game was Jags against Farnham Lions. A nail biter and a game of two evenly matched teams rounded off a perfect display of fun and exciting play, what a joy to watch.
Man of the festival went to Sam Cowman. The new recruit coming up from the C's. Karl and Owen would be very proud of their achievements and the way he performed at the festival.
Well done to both Lions and Jaguars
Gav Baker- Jaguars coach
Waverley B festival - U11 Farnham (Lions) – 3 wins, one draw; 29 tries scored to 2 against - a great start to the festival season.
Farnham Lions vs Cranleigh Bs - Won
Farnham Lions vs Guildford Bs - Won
Farnham Lions vs Haslemere Bs - Won
Farnham Lions vs Farnham Jaguars - Draw
For a newly formed team, they played as if they had been together for years. From the first game, the Farnham Lions B team came out of the blocks with hunger for the ball, chasing down every kick and generally not giving the opposition time to think. 5 tries in the first half of the first game, before the opposition realised that kicking off to our team was just gifting possession to a line of players ready and willing to spin the ball wide to the wings every time they touched it. 100% of the kick restarts from Quick and Tipple went not just the distance but weighted to give our team time to close the gap, and directed into space well.
Some great touches throughout the festival, but most notable was the completely unselfish off-load from Goldsworth in the corner to Holden, despite having made a great run, found space and with an unguarded try-line in front of him. This was witnessed by the Guildford ref, and remarked on both during and after the game and was the moment that sent the Waverley shield 'sportsmanship' trophy heading Farnham's direction. Notable also was the confidence under high balls - Quick, Lumb, Tipple, Sheard and others all dealing with testing kicks well, catching solidly and using them as launches for the next phase of attacks. Killington, Goldsworth and Hampton-Woodfall led an extensive list of multiple try-scorers. There were too many other great moments to mention through all the games, but the themes of solid defence, chasing every kick and being solid around the breakeven led to a perfect defensive record up to the last game with Farnham B Jaguars, where a couple of tries slipped through an increasingly tired defence.
Great runs, great support play, passing the ball wide and some searing runs finished off by the wings - everything the coaches had asked for. A wonderful morning's rugby in the sunshine, at home and on the pristine 1st pitch was just what was required to get the season off to a flying start.
Ian Lumb- Lions coach