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Academy 16s - Match centre

Weybridge Vandals RFC, KT12 1QP
Camberley Rugby Football Club
Sun 28 Sep 12:00 - Friendly Full time Attendance 17

Fierce 1st game Win

Fierce 1st Game WIN

25 :: Camberley vs Weybridge Vandals :: 19

Tries: Michael Harrison, Seb Francis & Tim Patten
Conversions: Seb Francis x 2
Penalties: William Hazelden x 2

It’s the first game of the season, expectation have not been set and how we work as a squad has not been tested. So today we ran out on a hot muggy Sunday in Weybridge to set our expectations and test ourselves. Walking away after the final whistle I think we have set the bar, this is our starting point and every game from now on will be better. It is always easy to sit back after the first game and say “there is plenty to work on”, there is always something to work on no matter how well you played. The game started with a quick try by the Vandals and a conversion, and the great thing was that the squad did not drop their heads, they went right back into it and answered with a try and conversion of their own. This was followed by a return by Vandals to our try-line and again shortly followed by us visiting their try-line. This pattern was repeated one more time before half time, the only difference being both sides missed a conversion opportunity. This half was characterised by both teams displaying good phase play and opportunistic line breaks being capitalized on, resulting in scores. It also showed up both teams poor defence. So we stopped for a break at 19 points each, and all to play for.

The second half was a very different game, no score by either team until the last 5 minutes. This half was a war of attrition. Both teams improved their defence but started to tire quite quickly, hardly a surprise, defence is very energy sapping. Mistakes and opportunities were not taken advantage of or missed completely, by both teams. Some great tackling was made and a lot of hard work was put in by the forwards and backs alike. Scrum time was very competitive and I think all in, we turned it around as their big players ran out of puff and could not stay on the pitch. We played heads up rugby when it counted and engineered things to our advantage forcing two penalties not too far from their posts and well within the range of our fullback who dutifully obliged and slotted them for the only points in the second half giving us a good hard worked win to start our season. Not one player let us down, everyone on the pitch did their jobs and worked hard for the team. Well done lads, I am immensely proud of you all.

Steve Kelly
Junior Academy Head Coach

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