Southend hosted an excellent festival on Sunday, with a single squad representing SRFC in sunny Essex.  Teams from both south and north of the river proved worthy opponents, with strong defense and consistent tagging making it difficult for our players initially.  After settling, Sevenoaks found a decent rhythm, passing wide and cleanly, exploiting the width of the pitch.  Quick defensive start-ups and passing down the line saw a win in the Bowl Final - With 11 tries scored, Sevenoaks bring home more silverware to add to the collection.  Well done all.

Southend hosted a well organised and friendly festival with fair officiating throughout all U8 games.

1st Game (Sevenoaks vs Southend)

Southend are a well organised team with strong taggers that push up quickly to close down options, with some good handling skills and quick runners, they put 5 tries on Sevenoaks in the first half.  After regrouping, the boys worked hard together, with 4 tries coming in the second half.  Two tries from Thomas Kerton created from some good support play and solo efforts.  Jason Rodgers showed some good vision to recognise the gaps to add a further two tries.  Unfortunately, with some missed tags from Sevenoaks towards the end of the game the final result was Southend 8 – Sevenoaks 4.

2nd Game (Sevenoaks – Blackheath)

In this game the boys started to improve on the defensive and attacking formation against a team who played some very direct physical rugby, the boys kept this game close with two tries from Jason and three from Thomas with one of his tries coming a metre out from the line by exploiting a defensive gap in the wall.  (Blackheath 6 – Sevenoaks 4)

3rd Game (Sevenoaks – Rochford)

A very switched on opposition exploited our slowness to setup our defensive line on the restarts and made good use of the pitch width to work the channels out wide.  The players kept at the tasks trying to keep in the game with four tries; 1 Stein Russell-Jones, 1 Thomas Kerton, 1 Dextor Williams and 1 Harry Paterson.  The tries came from some well worked play in the second half, utilising the width more - the boys also showed superb support play. Unfortunately, too many missed tags meant the team were always chasing the game. (Rochford 9 – Sevenoaks 4)

4th Game (Sevenoaks – Colchester) - (Bowl final)

In the final game of the festival the players focused on passing to the player on their shoulder and not directly behind them - this opened up more space to attack the game and with some amazing tagging from George, Stein, Zach and Jason, we were able to push up quickly on the opposition.  Our defensive setup on restarts looked sharp and the players ran in 11 tries to win the Bowl Final; 2 Zach Owen, 2 Jason Rodgers, 1 Thomas, 2 George, 4 Stein.


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