Great way to end the season
By Louis Hill
Strong finish to a great season
We travelled to Wolverhampton for the final match of the season with the hope of rounding off an undefeated season with a win in all non cup matches.
To begin the game we kicked off only for Wolverhampton to launch a direct and combative attack on the Whitchurch defence that had not yet woken up from the journey down. We were down 5 points within a few minutes and the boys looked stunned / feared the worst.
Despite this they came back to play some organised and competitive rugby that saw our forwards secure the ball and let out backs run. We did however insist on making it hard for ourselves as a couple of wrong decisions led up to needlessly put pressure on ourselves. After around 10 minutes the boys realised that if they passed the ball through their hands and avoided contact we could stretch the defence and score tries.
A succession of well worked tries followed and the boys confidence grew even stronger. Each kick off seemed to be directed at Jimmy who responded magnificently taking the charge and game directly back to Wolves with some powerful runs. Tom at scrum half organised the attack and Henry also making the right call at flyhallf saw the ball easily distributed between forwards and backs, with tries coming from Jake x2? (nice step!), Rees (no stopping when the legs get going), Brook (could / should have passed but could smell the line), Mappy (doing classing back row scrounging/1st receiver when Lewis's leg ran out of speed), Henry (with a nice chip and chase) and Hugh (getting a debut try) as well as James who scored more tries in that game than I think I ever did in a 25 year rugby career!
Anyway, it was great to see the confidence of the boys and how their teamwork and handling is able to create some great rugby. Everyone of the pitch contributed No 1 to No17 - illustrating the strength and depth of the side.
Let's hope we can build on this next year and keep the positivity that makes this team such a good one to watch and to be a part of!
Well done all!