Whilst the sun shone, the predictable Southwold autumn wind blew, and we all knew that the rugby season proper had arrived in Southwold this weekend. The wind meant that concentration had to be high and that skill and a reading of these conditions was essential as the under 16’s hosted Woodbridge for their first home game of the season. The visitors took full advantage of the conditions and started out of the blocks faster. With some strong scrummaging and forced mistakes catching Southwold napping slightly, Woodbridge quickly ran in two tries in the first ten minutes, for which they were good value - 12-0 to Woodbridge. It’s at points like this in a game when the spirit and determination of a team can be challenged, and Southwold rose to that challenge brilliantly led by the captain Sam. Almost immediately from the restart with a superb kick from Will, Southwold put pressure on the receiver. With our team bearing down on them, Woodbridge hesitated, and Southwold pounced for the first of their tries.
Southwold had found their rhythm and had built up a head of steam with some superb rucking and tackling winning a number of penalties. It was this pressure which saw Woodbridge infringe and saw their team reduced to 14 players. Credit to Southwold – the reaction they produced was exactly the right one, as they channelled their energy into their play and before long the score was tied at 12 points each with Sam fighting through a number of tackles and using his speed to score. Credit to Woodbridge, even reduced to 14 players they did not give up and ran Southwold close a number of times before Southwold turned their advantage to points and scored a further three tries with Will converting superbly in the wind four out of the five tries. At 33 – 12 that could have been it, but a superb passage of play from both teams with Woodbridge keeping the ball alive and with a superb round of tackling and defence from Southwold, Woodbridge scored and the score crept to 33-17 just before full time.
Try count was; Sam (leading from the front) scoring three, Bruno scoring one, and Nick scoring one. However, it was a genuine team effort from everyone in the Southwold team from the forwards to the backs, with some ferocious tackling, superbly controlled lineouts and the pace the team possess and use. Special mentions go to Archie Ryder who was Man of the Match for his play in both defence and attack; Tyler playing his first game for Southwold and playing so well; Josh (with arguably the tackle of the match in the second half) and Dom in the front row controlling things superbly. What a game from the lads! ATW.