Victory vs QEGs
The Year 7 Rodillian Rugby team have produced some outstanding performances during the 2013/ 2014 season, based upon a superb training mentality and a commitment to attend all of the games. The squad have been rotated well and all of the players involved in the squad relished the opportunity to test themselves against an established and highly fancied QEGs outfit. The mood in the changing room was tense and it was evident that the squad anticipated a tough match ahead.
This proved to be the case, with Rodillian forced to defend for much of the opening ten minutes. Wave after wave of QEGs attack was halted with superb tackles from the Naughton Twins, Isaac Kibidi and Jack Kreczmer to name a few of the heroes of that opening barrage. Following a knock on from the QEGs No.8, the flamboyant Josh Lunn spread the ball wide and, after being moved through five or six pairs of hands, the ball found its way to the left wing and the arms of William Sheen. William then weaved and powered his way through several attempted tackles, before sprinting the remaining half of the pitch to score beneath the posts. Shackleton dually converted.
After surviving the initial siege, the Rodillian squad appeared to relax and, as the half progressed, some outstanding handling moves and excellent decision-making around and outside the contact area, afforded the Rodillian team overlap after overlap, which they converted with style. Sheen crossed the line again, taking advantage of powerful drives from Cole Wain, Oliver Philips and Aidan Langley to name but a few.
The second half saw more of the same, with captain Ellis Smithson rounding off a superb performance with a solo try after stepping, spinning through and driving over the QEGs defence who had now lost all heart. Oliver Philips and Sean Naughton also powered over for tries. The final score of 49-0 flatters the Rodillian team somewhat, but is testament to their willingness to spread the ball wide, to making outstanding decisions in and around the contact area and to a tenacity in defence which would put England to shame!
We welcome another contest with the QEGs full 1st XV (U12) and we hope that this is now the start of a successful and challenging fixture with one of the most prestigious rugby playing schools in the North of England.