The Year 7 rugby squad played their first match of the season at Bugbrooke RUFC on Monday 18th November against Quinton House School. Over 30 boys have been attending training throughout September and October. Many of them have never played a full contact fixture before and seemed to thoroughly enjoy their first experience of “proper rugby!”
The match kicked off with CCS fielding their more experienced players, many of whom play for local rugby clubs. A fast start was made by both teams, however it was CCS who scored first after a powerful run from Harry B. This followed good build up play from the forwards who recycled the ball effectively. Quinton hit straight back, running the ball wide and scoring in the corner. Not to be outdone, CCS demonstrated a period of expansive play of their own, utilising the width of the pitch and the sheer pace of Luc B, who finished excellently; a try in his first ever game of contact rugby! Quinton scored a try just before the break. CCS did not have use of a
video official, however it would have been interesting to check the grounding! Half time:- 2 tries each. Quinton kept the same side on the pitch for the second half. CCS made 10 changes giving plenty of players their first taste of competitive rugby. Some very good defence in the centre of the pitch forced Quinton to run it wide. They got their reward with two quick tries. The CCS boys persevered and with a little more luck, could have scored in the corner, however the ball was turned over and Quinton kicked to clear their lines. A frantic chase ended in a try for the hosts. 5 tries to 2. CCS made several changes for the last 8 minutes and instantly got back on the scoreboard through Jake F. With the light fading, the comeback was on and CCS scored again with a second try for Harry B. The final whistle sounded with CCS in the ascendency, however more important than the 5-4 score line was the confidence shown by the boys who had made their first foray into the wonderful world of rugby. A big thank you to the parents who supported and congratulations to the player of the match, Max N.
We look forward to our next match away at Wollaston next week. The Team sheet will be on the board in A Block and players should tick their name and take a photo of the match details. A school Comms will also be sent out again.