U13 Sussex Tour Report
By Matthew Warder
Cambridge v Horsham and Farnham
Firstly I would like to thank Sabine for all of her hard work in organising the tour. She put a great deal of effort into it, which made it an easy, enjoyable and a free flowing tour. The only criticism I heard was that it was too short!
We played Huntingdon a few weeks ago and I forgot to write a match report and I have now lost my notes. From memory the score was something like Cambridge 80+ Huntingdon 20. It was a bit of a white wash, but Huntingdon never gave up. They had a slightly larger pack that sometimes got the better of us in the rucks and to start with the scrums, but they were let down by poor hands in their backs. We showed good tackling, great hands and continued playing the ball wide. I think the try scorers were Henry Wright x2, Will Tinley probably 3 or 4, Will Gwilt at least 4 or 5, Jamo, Will Raven, Aaron, Sam Howland, Charlie Harlow and Jack Warder. I’m sure there are more players, but I’m sorry I can’t remember who.
All the teams we played against were strong and were representative of the best youth age group teams in their area. Despite the fact most players had a late night, this was not apparent. We started off well and saw off a good Farnham team by 4 tries to 1. Unfortunately, Elliot took a large knock to his leg in the first game and was unable to take any further part in the tournament. We hope he is back to his running best very soon.
The second game was really tough as we had very little possession and Horsham kept us pinned in our own 22 for much of the game. However, our defence was excellent having to withstand wave after wave of attack. On the few occasions we had possession we scored. The game ended in 3 tries apiece.
Next up was the other Horsham team who again were strong, but we got ahead and took the game by 3 tries to 1. Hugh Ponder picked up quite a bad shoulder injury and was out for the rest of the games. Again we hope he makes a full recovery soon.
The final game against Farnham should have been our easiest, but by then we were carrying a few injuries and players had to play out of position. We went behind by 3 tries to 1, but giving the opposition the softest of tries due to some poor decision-making and not keeping hold of the ball. However, after the match was stopped for a head injury to Will Raven (he’s ok now), in the last 5 minutes remaining we scored 2 tries in our fight back. The match should have ended there at 3 tries each, but it didn’t. The ref (from Farnham) thought we had another 5 minutes to play. Once Farnham had scored the final whistle was blown. Except the player shouldn’t have scored as his foot was in touch. I’m sure the ref would have not allowed the try had he seen the linesman’s flag. Which everyone else did. Never mind.
Player of the tour: Will Gwilt
- Cambridge v Farnham 2
- Score: Cambridge 20 Farnham 5
- Try scorers: Will Tinley x 3, Will Gwilt
- Cambridge v Horsham 2
- Score: Cambridge 15 Horsham 15
- Try scorers: Will Gwilt x 3
- Cambridge v Horsham 1
- Score: Cambridge 15 Horsham 5
- Try scorers: Will Gwilt x2, Henry Wright
- Cambridge v Farnham 1
- Real score: Cambridge 15 Farnham 15 (Ref’s score Cambridge 15 Farnham 20)
- Try scorers Will Gwilt x2, Aaron