FRUFC U9 B Team at Guildfordians Festival
For most of the players this was to be their first taste of tournament rugby as an U9 squad. Contact, new rules, no coach on the pitch were just some of the things the players would have to get used to.
The squad were: Barney Allaway, Edward Richards, Jack Fontaine, Sebastian Sturge, Oliver Buckton, Oliver Wilkinson, Matthew Outlaw, Reuben Hoskins, Jake Harris, James John Holliday, Nicholas Gordon, Sam Burbridge.
Frustratingly only one try short of making it into the finals their matches played out as follows and some great rugby, true grit and teamwork made it a fine first effort.
Farnham V Wimbledonians
Play got off to a great attacking start with Farnham tackling consistently well, containing the Wimbledonians in their own half. A turnover ball quickly ensued and after a couple of passes Barney Allaway went streaking for the try line to deliver Farnham’s first try of the festival. The pattern of the match continued in a similar way with fine tackling displays leading to turnover balls. Farnham’s second try was scored by Oliver Wilkinson just before half time. The Wimbledonians pulled one back but Farnham kept the pressure on with great determination and committed tackling, especially from James Holliday, Matthew Outlaw, Nicholas Gordon and Jake Harris. A final turnover ball to Farnham saw Jack Fontaine released to score the final try of the match.
Score: Farnham 3 Wimbledonians 1
Farnham V Sevenoaks
The euphoria of a first match win was quickly dampened when Sevenoaks streaked through us to the try line within the first opening seconds of this match. A second try from them quickly ensued and the speed and size of the Sevenoaks players certainly put Farnham on the back foot. But Farnham dug deep and from a touch line start in their own half Edward Richards tore through the Sevenoaks players in a fantastic run to get the ball close to the try line. A pass to Sebastian Sturge, who appeared to take the ball over the try line, was disallowed but the players were now certainly fired up. Great tackling displays continued but the speed of the Sevenoaks players was the telling factor as they continued to rack up the trys. But suddenly Farnham were on the offensive. Jack Fontaine dodged and pushed through players to score an excellent try quickly followed by another great run from Nicholas Gordon, a pass to Jake Harris - who skillfully delivered the ball over the try line. Farnham continued to claw back and dominated the second half with an incredible hatrick of trys from Reuben Hoskins. A notable high speed run from Barney Allaway and superb tackling from James John Holliday, Oliver Buckton and Ollie Wilkinson. Overall a determined team effort brought Sevenoaks to heel with the match ending in a draw.
Score: Farnham 5 Sevenoaks 5
Farnham v London Irish
The match got off to a good start with Farnham again displaying excellent tackling skills and a great first half try from Reuben Hoskins. But the Irish weren’t going to be a pushover and they held Farnham at bay with good defensive tackling in their own half. In the second half Farnham’s passing let them down with dropped balls and knock ons. The London Irish took advantage and breakaway trys soon put them in the lead. Barney Allaway almost clawed one back but disappointingly a foot had strayed out of touch. But Farnham certainly was one of the best teams at containing what was one of the tournaments strongest sides.
Score: Farnham 1 London Irish 3
Farnham v Haywards Heath
Farnham dominated this match, displaying excellent tackling skills and passing that resulted in turnovers and four good trys. First to score was Oliver Wilkinson after some great passing from Nicholas Gordon. Reuben Hoskins dodged his way to the try line again just before half time. In the second half Farnham pushed forward from the start resulting in another try from Sebastian Sturge who later managed five tackles in a row. A couple of offside rulings slowed the momentum a bit but in the closing stages of the match Edward Richards streaked all the way from deep inside the Farnham half to deliver a spectacular final try. Away-ward went Haywards Heath!
Score: Farnham 4 Haywards Heath 0