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Season 2010-11

Welcome to the U15's home page where you can find details of our schedule for the season, fixtures & match results, reports and associated information.  This will be kept up to date throughout the season.


 ~ ~ NEWS BULLETIN  - week 31 (3 Apr 11) ~ ~

Code of Rugby
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13 March 2011
League match result -  Away win at Farnham.   10 - 48.  Thanks to Andrew Cordery for the match report.
20 March 2011
League match result - Home win vs Haslemere.   40 - 0.  Thanks to Fraser Cowie for the match report.
27 March 2011
League match result - Home win vs Wimbledon.   44 - 0.  Thanks to Andrew Joyce for the match report.
3 April 2011
Oman 10's Tournament at home.  Squad to be announced. 

10 April 2011
Friendly (at home) to be arranged to replace cancelled fixture vs Guildford.  Details to follow.
15 - 18 April 2011
Tour to Biarritz.  No training on the 17th at Cobham. 




Cobham U15 – 2010/11

Match Report – 27 March 2011

League match vs Wimbledon                                                           (Home) 44 - 0

League Season Finishes With a Roar


Having reported for duty with my youngest at the Camberley B minis festival at 8.15am (in old money) on Sunday morning - remember those days-I was probably not at my most observant to play matchday scribe. However, it wasn’t difficult to recognise yet another demolition of quality opposition at the hands of this ruthless Cobham squad.


I think we have exhausted the superlatives when describing the rugby that Cobham has been producing in recent weeks. It has been truly scintillating and a genuine pleasure to watch. Contrast this to the fare served up as 6 Nations rugby recently ! The buzz amongst the players, coaches and blazers in recent weeks has been tangible and it’s a pity that this league season must now draw to a glorious close. However, it is mission accomplished and we are promoted as champions. Congratulations to the boys and also to the coaches, Mike, Peter and Robbie who have inspired this squad to play this open, exciting brand of rugby.  A special mention for Robbie who has bridged the generation gap and motivated this team to excel. The battle to overpower Chobham at Fowlers Wells will go down as our finest moment this season and, in hindsight, was the catalyst to this fabulous winning streak.   


A sunny day, the wide and even firmer first team pitch and an enthusiastic crowd were all the ingredients required for another standout performance from our lads. However, after Jonathan’s warning in last week’s bulletin about the calibre of the opposition and with a number of notable absentees from the starting line up, there was a nagging concern that this match could indeed be the season’s banana skin. Oh ye, of little faith. Right from the off, all doubts were banished as Cobham tore into Wimbledon . There was not a trace of complacency or overconfidence about our play just absolute focus, commitment and controlled aggression. The tackling was ferocious, with the muscular centre partnership of Richard Butler and Ollie Rockett, in particular, making dents in the opposition back line in the early exchanges. It was evident that some of the Wimbledon boys had been knocked out of their stride and, within 10 minutes of the kick off, the Wimbledon coach had to resort to making positional changes to shore up his midfield. To no avail.


With the howitzer of George "Siegegun"nacliffe missing from our arsenal, it was clear that our tactics were to keep the ball in hand whenever possible. It worked successfully as our play swept from left to right and back again with a trademark midfield burst from Sam Cordery and the pacy Jamie Cowie scoring in the left hand corner within the first few minutes. His father, Fraser, proudly announced "that’s 7 in 7". It’s a pity proud dad hadn’t taught speedy son the green cross code. Had he done so, then it may well have been "8 in 7" a couple of minutes later. As it was, Jamie failed to stop and look left and right before crossing the dead ball line and heading out towards the Portsmouth Road with the ball tucked under his arm. Never mind on this occasion!  We could afford to be profligate with points. 5-0 it remained.


But not for long. Patch playing at outside half showed some wizardry with a dummy, a sidestep and a waltz to go over from close range after yet another phase of exceptional support play between forwards and backs. 10-0. 


Wimbledon were soon on the back foot again with a defensive scrum in their own 22. With excellent anticipation Ollie latched on to a loose pass along the Wimbledon line to score under the sticks. With the conversion that took us out to 17-0.   


Another sweeping movement upfield from the kick-off resulted in a Wimbledon lineout 5 metres from the Wimbledon tryline. The Wimbledon hooker rather recklessly tried to clear the towerblock that Will Inkster is fast becoming. Silly boy. Will snaffled the early Easter egg and was over for another try.  22-0


An eventful first quarter.


We then entered into a rather unsatisfactory period of play during which we became encamped in our own 22 seeming to have more difficulty silencing the referee’s whistle than subduing Wimbledon ’s advances.  We were persistently pinged for supposed infringements around the breakdown area resulting in Patch becoming the rather unfortunate and surprised recipient of 10 minutes in the cooler. However, our defence remained resolute throughout this period with another thunderous tackle from Richard finally laying to rest any notion Wimbledon may have had of enjoying any sort of advantage from their numerical superiority.  


Soon back in the familiar territory of the Wimbledon half, our fullback, Louis, fielded an attempted clearance and set off on one of those mazy Louis runs as he threaded his way through the opposition ranks linking up with the forwards. Unfortunately, a dropped pass brought this promising movement to a halt, albeit temporary. Scrum to Wimbledon .


It’s appropriate at this juncture to pause and pay tribute to the piano shifters of the front five. These stalwarts, supremely led by Adam, have produced much of the grunt and shunt this year, often against heavier opponents, to provide a solid platform from which our back row and backline can launch their attacks. Take a bow lads.


Back to the scrum, won against the head by Cobham and resulting in another fine try for Ollie. Ed Fussell converted this one to make the score 29-0.


This score was followed swiftly by another score by Will after an excellent kick and chase from the base of our scrum by Callum and another sweeping passing movement from left to right. 34-0.


So comfortable were we playing with 14 men that it was not only the referee who seemed to forget that Patch’s sin binning had expired.  Patch cut a rather forlorn figure under the Cobham posts giving the impression of a man waiting for a bus . Fortunately, Sam finally remembered his teammate and Patch was permitted to rejoin the fray just before the half time whistle.  


Half time and on came the cavalry with the entire bench employed. It was great to see these lads being given a meaningful run out after all the patience and support they have demonstrated in recent weeks. 


Normal service was resumed and within minutes Adam had surged up the tramlines from a lineout to set up another sweeping movement from left to right. Lurking on the right wing now was the season`s rookie, Alex Rowlands, who bears an uncanny resemblance to the great John Bevan in his running style and an ability to "run through a barn door" in the immortal words of Bill McLaren. Alex cut inside and ploughed through the Wimbledon defence on and on towards and over the tryline. The referee deemed Alex to have been held up but Alex knew he had scored. 


No matter as the ball was moved through the hands again for Sam to score his first try. This took the score out to 39-0.  Rumour has it that Ed deliberately missed the conversion from in front of the posts to avoid reaching the 40 point threshold and bring proceedings to a close. 


This strategy appeared shortlived as Sam made it a brace of tries with another powerful run from further out.  44-0


To give credit to Wimbledon they opted to play on and for a period of time exerted some pressure on our line. But try as they might to enter our in goal area, the door was firmly slammed in their face. A further try from Sam after yet another rampaging advance and then finally, their attack broke down and another exquisite sweeping handling movement from Cobham saw play taken up to just outside the Wimbledon 22. From the ensuing ruck, Callum delivered a laser guided pass to the bread basket of Max Kerslake who hit a magnificent angle at full tilt, burst through two tacklers and went in unopposed. A try for the entire squad and a fitting finale to a most enjoyable season. 54-0."   


Man of the match: Sam, as ever, a candidate for a podium finish and this week Richard and Ollie were in with a shout too, but the vote from Robbie and Mike was for Ady for his hard graft to stifle Wimbledon and set up the backs to attack time after time.  A massive effort and commitment for a lad who was meant to be elsewhere at KO! 



Andrew Joyce


~ ~ ABOUT THE U15's SEASON ~ ~

If you are new to Cobham rugby and your son is contemplating joining us, please contact the Team Manager or Head Coach by email by clicking on their name in the right hand 'Key Contacts' column.  Registration for the 2010-11 season remains open.  Alternatively To register click this link

New Coach

This season our coaching staff has been supplemented by the arrival of Robbie Kennard, who has joined Cobham to play in the 1st XV.  We are delighted Robbie has agreed to join our age group as coach in which capacity he will be able to pass on his skills, experience and enthusiasm to our lads.

Surrey League

We are fielding a single team in the Surrey Leagues.  Returning to Division 2, where we were dominant and unbeaten at U13 age, we have high hopes for the season ahead.  After a difficult U14 season, during which we struggled to achieve any consistency from one week to the next, we decided to withdraw our 2nd team from this year's Surrey League.  Whilst our numbers are strong and still rising (currently standing at 40 players) for a number of reasons they are insufficient to reliably field two squads on any one day, especially through the Autumn term.  This season we will be abe to concentrate on all players within a simplified and more rewarding structure.

Other activities

In addition to the league matches we have a number of friendlies organsed and are in the process of arranging more to replace those that have been cancelled.  In addition, Cobham again will be hosting a 10's Tournament in April.  We look forward to welcoming to our club Wasps, Saracens and reigning champions Sutton & Epsom on 3 April 2011.  Then on the weekend of 16/17 April 2011 we will be touring to Biarritz, which will be a highlight of the season.



Mike Brankin-Frisby
Tel: 0781 064 8212

Team Manager:
Nick Hyams
Tel: 07702 590233