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02-03-14 Esher A Festival


Esher A Festival 2nd March 2014


After weeks of dark wet weather, the day started warm(ish) and sunny with a slight breeze, so hopes were high that the boys could play some open flowing rugby.  Esher had done a great job getting the grounds ready but appeared to have lost a swathe of ground to the wet so the pitches were rather tight for U11 rugby.


Game 1:               Cobham v Esher


First game was against the hosts.  The boys soon got in their stride and it was obvious quite quickly that Esher were not going to able to match them. Too strong for them up front, the steady supply of ball enabled the backs to break the gain line time after time.  Any Esher possession was quickly halted with some great tackling and turnover at the breakdown by the forwards.  With the Esher defence permanently on the back foot, tries came rolling in in regular succession; Sam, Fabian and Ben in the first half and another brace for Sam and a darting run from Matt in the second half, all converted by Bryn.   A good, clinical performance with Sam the hat-trick man.


Final Score:         42-0


Game 2:               Cobham v Old Ruts


As shown in the first game, this team had quickly found a groove that the opposition could not match, including up front where we were able to power through any rucks or mauls, notably Sam, Fabian and Rob, giving the backs space to move.  Both tries in the first half came from multiple phases of possession play, Guy switching to the blind side to go over in the corner and Matt going over after we had stretched the defensive lines.  The second half reverted to forward power play with driving runs from Sam and Fabian securing tries.  With all four tries converted, Cobham came through worthy winners.


Final Score:         28-0


Game 3:               Cobham v Old Reigations


 After an hour’s wait for the next game, the weather was going off a bit with cloud cover and an increasingly bitter wind blowing.  The wait and the conditions seemed to have glued the boys up a bit so the start of the game was messy with lots of ball spilled in the tackle.  Old Reigations were tougher than the previous opposition with some good tackling.  However after several phases of play Cobham had worked the ball to 5 yards short of the opposition line.  A defender’s scrum was called but Cobham took it against the head and Ollie picked up from the base and drove over for a well taken try just before half time, converted by Bryn.  Soon into the second half, Old Reigations missed touch with a penalty and the ball was run back all the way to just shy of their line.  The line out was stolen by Sam who rumbled over from five yards for our second try.  With the conversion from Zack, we were starting to get away from the opposition.  This was followed by another succession of forward drives with Rob going over, converted by Zack.  The final try came from a tap penalty to us, after Matt had, again, been neck tackled.  A tap and drive by the forwards pushed Old Reigations backwards, sucking in their defence.  Quick ball was moved cleanly through the hands to Ben who stepped his man and went over in the corner.


Final Score:         26-0


Game 4:               Cobham v Wimbledon


Played back to back with Game 3, this was a crunch game. We had scored 14 tries so far and kept a clean sheet with solid tackling in every game, so Wimbledon needed the result to climb above us in the table and go through to the final.  We’ve met them many times and knew it was going to be the toughest match of the four.  And so it proved with Wimbledon faster out of the traps than the previous opposition.  The first five minutes was a series of first phases where the ball was lost in the tackle by both sides but Wimbledon sorted this out first and after several phases going left then right, stretched our defence and went over in the corner.  The second half turned into a forwards tussle with lots of drives eventually resulting in Cobham going over, only for the ball to be held up.  Wimbledon however kicked the ball the length of the pitch and out, resulting in a Cobham scrum on Wimbledon’s 5-yard line.  Two forward drives from Cobham and Sam piles over for his sixth try, converted by Bryn, just before full time.  We had won the Pool with 15 tries to 1 - an impressive performance.


Final score:         7-7


Final:                     Cobham v Rosslyn Park


After waiting an age for the other Pool to finish under darkening skies and a shrill wind, our opposition for the Final was decided.  We have met Rosslyn Park a couple of times this season already and beaten them so held no fear in looking for a hat trick of results.  Some good early movement of the ball through the phases by Cobham saw some good runs by Matt and Ben.  Rosslyn were well drilled however and their defensive line kept its shape.  Then out of the blue, ball lost in the tackle was picked up by Rosslyn scrum half who ran straight through what looked like the whole Cobham team.  Untouched he was over for the try.  From the kick off Cobham secured the ball after a penalty was awarded and drove down the pitch with a tap and go by the forwards.  The ball came out and down the line to Matt who was, for the third time, neck tackled.  Another tap and drive by Cobham, with Sam going over for his seventh try, converted by Bryn.


The second half was a big tussle with Cobham losing the ball time and again at the breakdown by well organised Rosslyn drive and rucking while we went fishing.  However we kept at it with some solid tackling, aided by a series of penalties against Rosslyn for infringing in the ruck which we kicked back into Rosslyn’s half.  Eventually the better forward play of Rosslyn took its toll and from a tap and drive penalty, they stretched Cobham left then right before going down the blindside for a try.  The re-start yielded only one more play before the final whistle.


Final score:         7-14


Final Result:       Runners Up


Overall a great effort from the boys with some excellent tacking and good use of the ball with our beefy forward power in attack.  Player of the festival must go to Sam for 7 tries and a series of thundering drives, with a bravery award to Matt who was tackled three times around the neck.


Karen Bradley
Tel: 07813 604482

Head Coach:
Nick Moss
Tel: 07810 813999