A Tale of Two Halves Brentwood U17's v Woodbridge Colts
Brentwood show resilience against Woodbridge Colts in second half comeback
After at least 5 weeks of having postponed, cancelled and forfeited matches, our U17's were finally able to get some Rugby. Our opponents were to be Woodbridge, after the original three way Fixture with Hadleigh was altered during the week.
And so....we travelled up to a sunny but cold Suffolk, with a brisk breeze blowing across the pitch.
We found out just before the match we were actually playing their Colts team, and they thought we were too, having put the sign in our changing room. A number of their boys are Academy players with Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints.
Brentwood started by running up the slope and into the strong breeze. The first few minutes started well for us, and we were putting some good tackles in, but as the half went on, it was evident that we were not playing our normal flowing game, and getting turned over far too much, perhaps lacking a bit of self belief against what was presumed to be much stronger and better opposition.
As the half time whistle blew, we were staring at a 17 point deficit, and Woodbridge perhaps thought we were finished
In the second, and with Brentwood running down the slope and the wind in their favour, we were much improved and the half time team talk had payed dividends, with a belief that we had the ability to turn the game around, and that is exactly what we did!! Our passing got going, and a bit of self belief had returned.
With about 10 mins to go, we had brought the score back to 17-14, but two tries and a conversion followed from Woodbridge. Score now 24-14. In about the last 5, having battled and not let their heads go down, Brentwood were over the line again to bring the score to 24-19, but we unfortunately didn't convert. We kept the pressure on until the final whistle, and we could probably have sneaked a win had the clock not been against us!
A good performance all round, and even comments from Woodbridge's Captain and several Parents that it was the toughest match and opposition they had played so far this season.
Well done Lads!