Royal Blues U9s undefeated in Tring U9A festival

Another successful day for the Royal Blues sweeping aside all before them at the Tring U9 A Festival. The rock hard pitch suited the boys fast flowing game with ball in hand, and nobody gave an inch in defence. The boys started off with the local derby against Harpenden easing though 5-2, but not without losing the electric pace of Charlie Clarke who twisted his ankle during his first run with ball in hand. The next 2 games against Hertford and Hemel were relatively comfortable, 7-4 and 6-2 respectively – with Cody Strach-Smith, Josh Addo and George Still running in some great tries. After an early afternoon blood sugar level drop – the 4th game against Tring was the wake-up call the boys needed, falling behind early but regaining concentration to come through eventual 6-4 winner. This set up a winner take all match against an impressive Chinnor side who had been moving the ball well and playing with pace and aggression. Having refuelled on flap jacks and brownies (Thanks Andy Clarke)the boys blasted out of the blocks and had soon run away to an unassailable 4-1 lead, playing up what must be said was a considerable hill. They ending up convincing 7-2 winners, and with and unbeaten record thereby claiming the silverware.

The boys played some truly great rugby, Max Lach strong with ball in hand and in the tackle, Will Powell going head to head against some much bigger players and coming out on top, Josh running hard and strong and timing some amazing runs to take the pop passes from Will Pearson who distributed the ball well all day from scrum half. George was as elusive as ever, Conor never missed a tackle all day, and was always looking for the off-load and the support player, Cody with his fast feet, power and pace was a thorn in every oppositions side, and Fred ran hard, made is tackles and put his head where it hurts.. literally!

All in all a great end to the season. All the players should be proud of themselves, they have all come on enormously during the season both individually and as a team, and all augurs well for next year. Thanks also to all the parents for their support over the season, I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as James, Simon and I have.

Come on OA’s!