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Review of the Colts XV season so far

The Colts A played Abingdon in their first seasonal fixture of the year. This was an Abingdon side that we had lost to in both our previous meetings. We defended well all game against an Abingdon side with size and pace. Throughout the game we had much of the territory and possession but were perhaps unable to take our opportunities when they were presented to us. In the end we lost 18-11, a late converted Abingdon turned the final score in their favour.
Our second fixture was away at Marlborough, a team which we had well beaten on previous occasions. After going a try down we were able to come back stronger and eventually go on to win the game 15-7 with three tries. Again the inability to convert our territory and possession into points made the game much closer that it should have been.
On the Thursday before short leave we played Radley, determined to beat them after they scored from the last play of the game to steal victory the previous year. We played on a fairly small pitch which restricted the openness of the game but even so made for an exciting contest. With each side scoring fairly evenly, we were down by four points with little time left on the clock, forcing us to look for the decisive try. Revengefully we were able to emulate the Radley victory the previous year with a last minute try of our own under the posts. The conversion, taking the score to 24-21, was swiftly followed by the final whistle.
The following Saturday we played KCS Wimbledon, a team that we had never played before and were wary of them after hearing about some of their previous results. We met a well drilled side with plenty of structure and co-hersion, who scored the first points with a try under our posts. This having been the fourth time we had conceded first, we were sure that we could fight back. After scoring a couple tries of our own, the game settled down into a rugged affair at the set-piece and break-down. We emerged eventual victors, 17-14
Our most recent fixture was against Wellington on the Field. This was the team’s first ever match on the Field and had been given plenty of build up. The game used the full size of the pitch with each team kicking generously waiting for an opposition mistake. We found ourselves in the opposition 22 and after several phases for once scored the first points of the match. A touch-line conversion added to our lead. We had plenty of support out for the occasion and after further pressure scored again to give us a strong half time lead.
Wellington fought back hard throughout the second half and were able to score a try of their own. We defended for long passages, consequently giving away many penalties. As the game was drawing to a close Wellington carried the ball over our line, only to be held up. This saw the final whistle and much relief, leaving us 14-7 victors.
DATE POSTED: 24 October 2009

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