Real treble boosts Withy under-8s

PUBLISHED: 10:09 11 January 2011

Withy Under8s Max Rickard

Withy Under8s Max Rickard


AFTER almost a month of no rugby it was great to see Raleigh Park on a beautiful sunny morning buzzing with over one hundred youngsters eager to get playing again for Withycombe Junior section.

Exeter Saracens provided the visiting opposition and a smashing time was had by all.

The under-8s returned to duty after a long layoff and, with the visitors matching the impressive turn out of players by Withy it allowed for the fielding of two teams each with four separate matches played.

The games were all lively, enjoyable and well competed encounters.

Unfortunately Withycombe found themselves up against a very well drilled and capable opposition who continually took advantage of the home side’s somewhat rusty ability to tag.

Despite below par tagging Withies supported well with their own ball and repeatedly recycled to probe the Sarries line.

The visitors excellent defence continually denied Withy possession playing the 7 tag turn over rule.

With their own ball Sarries invariably scored easily breaking the soft defence through good linking and strong running.

Despite the score lines it was a timely return to action for all the Withies U8s who welcomed new player William Cornish on his debut for his dad’s old club.

In the first game, won 8-4 by the visitors, Tom Real scored a hat-trick of tries and the single score came from Thomas Humphries with a fine individual effort.

Game two saw Ben Wilkinson bag a pair of tries and Matthew Edworthy scored the other as the side lost 5-3.

In game three, won 4-2 by the Exeter side, Tom Real notched a pair of tries with some powerful running and in the final game, won 7-1 by the visitors, Will Cooper struck with what was a consolation score for Withy.

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