Committed performance takes the C Team through to the semi-final
Reeds Weybridge made fine hosts for an excellent display of running and strong defensive rugby on a cloudy damp morning. Having come a close second to a lively Sutton & Epsom side through the initial Group stages, our noble Farnham boys played their hear
The team consisted of: Archie Buchanan, Arthur Bird, Dylan Clarke, Sam Devergne, Ben Griffiths, James John Holliday, William Reid, Arthur Shaw, Oscar Shaw, Andrew Stanley & Sebastian (Bassy) Sturge.
Group B - Game 1. Cobham 3 - 5 Farnham
As the boys warmed up during an evenly matched first half (2-2), a fair number of knock-ons and forward passes in the tackle both ways turned the ball over repeatedly. A great solo try from James stood out along with a multi-phase push from the whole team with Sam scoring from a lovely weaving run at the end. The second half went more Farnham's way with solid resistance, great hits in the tackle and tighter ball control closing down the opposition. Piercing runs from James and Bassy provided tries for each with William eventually putting the game out of reach with a fine cross pitch run to score at the end (3-5).
Group B - Game 2. Sutton & Epsom 4 - 2 Farnham
Solid defence both ways kept the score line low in the first half (2-0). The pesky touchlines interrupted Farnham's two best scoring opportunities while Sutton twice managed to find gaps between Farnham tacklers to touch down after sustained pressure both ways. An inspired start to the second half saw Farnham draw level, with James and William both finishing off excellent multi-phase plays involving most of the team. Sutton however spotted the pattern in the Farnham attack and thereafter managed to close it down effectively. In spite of some heroic tackling - particular mention going to Arthur S. - Sutton exploited holes in the Farnham defence twice to seal the victory (4-2).
Group B - Game 3. London Welsh 1- 5 Farnham
After scoring first despite some excellent Farnham tackling - particularly from Sam and Arthur S. - the Welsh were not to trouble the Farnham try line for the remainder of the game. Some mercurial running from Sam enabled him to notch up his hat trick before half time (1-3). Throughout the game the whole team all tackled enthusiastically to prevent the Dragons catching up. Fantastic support play and unrelenting aggression in pushing forward allowed both Bassy and Arthur B. to add to the scoreline for a deservedly comprehensive win (1-5).
U9 Cup Semi-Final - Rosslyn Park 2 - 0 Farnham
Both teams started the game with intensity. Solid defensive pressure forced errors from each side to turn the ball over many times in a long and tense scoreless opening. Arthur S. in particular continued to commit relentlessly in defence, with one exceptional hit standing out as the try saving tackle of the day. Nevertheless, Rosslyn eventually broke the deadlock entering half time in the lead (1-0). A nervous restart saw Farnham pushed backwards in their initial attack though they kept their heads to stay in the game. Huge passion and commitment from all the players meant the Farnham defence was broken only once while their huge pushes continued to test the resolute Rosslyn defence throughout. The standard and pace of play earned rousing applause from a very appreciative crowd at the final whistle (2-0).