Withycombe Under-10s host a superb mini-festival with Totnes and a pair of touring Welsh sides
PUBLISHED: 11:02 01 May 2014
Raleigh Park saw plenty of rugby last weekend and Sunday was no exception with the arrival of Totnes and Llandaff North and St Gweneth on tour from Cardiff to play a series of Under-10 matches.
To fit all the games in, as well as other matches taking place, the coaches agreed on all teams playing ten minute games in a round robin format.
Match one saw Withies play Llandaff North with the home side winning by 25-5. Charlie Passmore opened the scoring before a fabulous offload saw Jack Wood take the ball at pace to double the score. Withies continued to harass their Welsh counterparts, never giving them any time on the ball and it wasnt long before Passmore added two more and another carbon copy try for young Wood made the game safe.The sublime breaks from Alfie Gillard and Joe Bowden was always a threat and with James Griffin and Ollie Willis making powerful forward runs ,Harry Williams had plenty of time to get the ball out wide. Llandaff to be fair, never gave up and did manage a consolation score of their own before the Totnes official blew the whistle for full time.
Match two saw Withies take on St Gweneth, and after watching them dispose of a very useful Totnes side, knew they had a match on their hands. Withies then played probably one of their best game of the season to totally dominate the Cardiff side and won by 20-0. Young Passmore was again the Withies hero with all four tries. Aaron Humphries had a good game, as did Sam Skinner, Erin Assleman and Alex Stortenbecker. The rucking and mauling today was prominant against bigger opposition and this is what laid the platform for a convincing win.
Match three saw Withies play their friends Totnes and this again was a very close affair. Totnes took an early lead after sustained pressure on the Withies line. Passmore then added a quickfire double to take his tally to nine for the day. Withies then had to defend for sustained periods as Totnes tried to break through for the equaliser but the tackling of Ollie Neal, Jack Wood and Oliie Willis helped the Withies defence deny Totnes another score.
This wasn’t the Charlie Passmore show today, every boy played their part in creating space for this exceptionally quick individual and young Passmore showed today what happens when he is given the space on the wings. A big thanks to Totnes and also the boys from Cardiff for adjusting their rules to play the English way!