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Archive for September, 2012
The match report from Saturdays victory over Cambridge is here and some photos of the action are below.
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Saturdays Match report is here and David Whittam’s photos of the action are below, Park travel to Cambridge next Saturday.
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Match Report is here from Saturday’s defeat to Ealing Trailfinders and David Whittams photo gallery is below.
Next week Park are at home to Cinderford.
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The Match report from Saturday’s victory over Sedgley Tigers is now up online here, and David Whittams photos are below.
Next week Park are away at Ealing Trailfinders RFC.
Middlesex County Championship – 11th March 2012
U10As Middlesex Champions again!
Our group stages were slightly slim as we only had one match to play against Wasps B. The boys followed our very simple plan to the letter. They were slick and highly committed ending with a 6-0 win. We reached the quarters and played Ruislip. The ball was doing all the talking and support was there. Breakdown work was neat and consistent and we came away 4-1 winners. The semi-final was our odd match of the day where we started slow not finding our own game at the start of the first half and then exploded into action to lead 2-0. Sadly we stopped rucking after that and our defensive line was poor. Hammersmith & Fulham was full of heart and commitment. They worked their socks off and made it over our try line twice as a result and all credit to them. We learnt a lot in that game and thanks to our very strong performance in the quarters we went through to the final of the competition.
For the final against Ealing, we adapted the personnel and simply rebriefed the players about the messages and plan we followed so well in the first and second match. Boys were calm and back in the zone. The boys fought hard to take a very deserved lead 2-0. We were securing the rucks, winning all lineouts and controlling the scrums. Backs had a field day and also defended very well. Ealing then inserted more forwards on the pitch and decided to centralise their play. We were possibly slow to realise this and Ealing got back level within 2 minutes of the end of the match. We made some more adjustments and created 3 quality balls, the backs moved comfortably off one of them to score in the corner to take the title. A tense encounter against a good team. Congratulations to the boys on their well deserved achievement. This was a real team performance from the boys and the coaches.
RPFC U10s B team played with commitment, courage and enthusiasm. We narrowly lost to Wasps A and then cruised through the rest of the pool matches playing some very expansive rugby. We drew to Quins in the QF and went through an a try count back and then showed our class in the SFs against Saracens A. We narrowly lost the Plate Final to Saracens B although we came back at them in the second half with a superb performance from everyone.
RPFCs U10s D put up one of their best performances of the season at the Middlesex festival winning their three pool games and the pool itself. Starting off against Wasps they went ahead quickly and ended up winning 5-2 next came Ealing and the usual close encounter ending 3-1., though it was a little closer than that implies. Finally they beat Bank of England 4-1. The team was very disciplined in terms of their positioning, tackling was hugely improved and they generally played with a lot of focus. in the semi-final of the Bowl they came up against a Haringey side who had one or two players who would’ve graced the A/B festival rather than the development festival and despite fighting hard against much bigger and faster opposition, lost 4-2. Well done to all the boys.
Match Reports 29 January 2012
U10 Cs and Ds at London Irish for Round 4 of WLDL
A great day for the C&D teams at the final round of the West London Development League. London Irish were as usual great hosts and it was a terrific concluding fixture of what has been a great series of rugby for the boys. The Cs went into the day in a strong position and managed to secure their place as U10 league winners. They won 1 and drew 2 games.
Ealing 0-0 RPFC – Notoriously slow starters RPFC did well against our main rivals for the top spot. Ealing were big, won every scrum, rucked well and tackled hard. RPFC came through this by sheer will power. They have a never say die attitude and will not give up. Boys were well drilled in defence and got bodies under the ball twice when Ealing carried over our try line. Very right and a real nail biter.
Teddington 1-3 RPFC – The win that gave us an unassailable lead. RPFC were not able to play their normal running game today due to the soft and sticky conditions underfoot however our forwards had a great game in the set pieces and in the loose. Amazing tackling, fantastic scramble defence and excellent communication.
London Irish 2-2 RPFC – I thought it would be hard to get the boys up for this one as they knew they were Champions before we started but the incentive to remain unbeaten was there. Losing 2-1 with one play left with the opposition 5 metres from our try line, one intercepted pass later and the ball then actually moved through every single players’ hands before touchdown and the final whistle. What a finish!
The D team had a great outing at London Irish. They were undefeated at the tournament today with memorable performances across the whole team. First game against Ealing saw us prevail convincingly three nil. We drew our next two matches against Teddington and London Irish. Three nil up at half time we looked set to provide Teddington a showcase of how to play the Park way. Teddington bedded down and came back superbly to pull back three tries leaving us to question what had happened in the second half. The spirit of the lads however was amazing going straight into the final match against Irish. An early try lifted morale and it was tight all game. We were 4-3 down going into the last three minutes of the game. Everyone will agree that we played some of the best attritional rugby so far of the season grinding down Irish on their touchline. Our determination and courage payed off with an equaliser in the last minute.
This was overall a gritty team performance with outstanding contributions from all. The lads played well as a team and with great character dealing well with the challenges that nearly 45 minutes of competitive rugby provides.
Overall the D team came third in the Development tournament across all four fixtures but based on today’s performance they won the respect of every opponent.
Results so far this season
- Plate winners Richmond A festival
- Middlesex County Champions
- Plate Finalists Middlesex County Championship
- Winners WLDL C team league
- Winners Ealing A festival
- Winners Sutton & Epsom C Festival
- Joint plate winners Windsor B Festival
- Joint plate winners Reeds A Festival
The squad started in September 2007 as Under 5s playing in Richmond Park headed up by Head Coach Richard White and Manager Nick Gardner.
Players played a number of skills based games and drills and ran relay races as they grew in to the sport of rugby.
Late on in the year as Under 6s the squad was arranged into teams to prepare for the inaugural Curry Cup and Teddington Festival where players aged 6 were able to take part in their first ever proper RFU event. There was lots of movement between the teams as young players develop at different speeds.
These teams were named after old Rosslyn Park members – Ripleys, Easters, Ciprianis, Obolenskys , Ackfords and Offiahs.
The squad had a very successful introduction to competition with almost everyone getting a taster of competitive rugby – through friendly triangular tournaments and with the Obolenskys as joint winners of the Teddington Festival U6s event.