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a Merry Christmas
a Happy and Healthy
New Year
to all our members, supporters and friends.

A mixed weekend for our teams

On Saturday, the 1stXV had another frustrating afternoon loosing to fellow league "props" Horsham by 21-7, meanwhile the Falcons 1st (above) convincingly beat Windsor in Sunday's league fixture.  The Vikings  came second to Richmond Jutes, but by all accounts put in a cracking performance.

The Junior's Waterfall Cup is reaching its conclusion and below is a report on the U15Bs great effort at Rosslyn Park.

Next Saturday, the 1st XV launch the second half of their season with the home game against Camberley. Camberley ran out 35-15 winners in this encounter at the start of the season and are riding high in the table.  However, no result is a given in this league, as was proven again this weekend with recently thrashed London Cornish beating Guildford who were fresh from their win over table topping London Welsh.  The Black and Whites will be up for the challenge at Monkton Lane.  Kick off 2.00pm.

As usual, the match will be preceded by the supporter's lunch which doubtless will have a festive air to it - although don't forget that we can cater for special dietary requirements.  Let the chairman know when you book your seat(s).  We'll gather at 12.15 to sit at 12.30. 
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Thank You!
Our Movember team smashed their fundraising target of £30,000. They top the Rugby Challenge and are second in the all-team leader board.  The masterminds behind the project are mostly called Ben and are to be congratulated - but give yourselves a pat on the back.  This was all all-club effort and shows just what we can do when we put our shoulders to the wheel as a team.
Surrey U15 Waterfall Cup Tier 4 Final
Farnham Bs 5 – Rosslyn Park Bs 36 
A final of any sort always carries an extra level of expectation – and, given the quality of players on this Farnham’s team sheet, for this one doubly so. That said we were playing Rosslyn Park who are always likely to be packed with well drilled talent – even before reflecting on the fact that, having held them to a draw at their place a few months back in the As, they were going to want to make a statement in this ‘the return’. Our lads were in for a stern test (and so it proved!). 
In summary, the initial intensity and speed of the game probably took some of our lads by surprise in the first 15 minutes of H1. And consequently we quickly found ourselves a couple of scores down in the face of some hard carrying from their big men around the fringes (where our tackling was brave but not dominant). In attack we were required to overcommit at the breakdown to secure the ball and consequently our play lacked shape and the options in our big runners that we have been able to play in to make ground against lesser teams (the boys themselves talked post-match of having felt like they were ‘on the back foot’ all game.). Their third try just before the break was probably a bit of a killer and it took the wind out of the boys.  
In H2 we got the start we were looking for with a score from some early sustained pressure for Thomas Worsley to crash over. It felt like the come-back might be on – especially when moment later Charlie Hughes found space on the outside. However, their cover was solid and their game built back again from there. We meanwhile failed to establish the required field position, made some untimely poor decisions and errors, saw our intensity (and fitness)) fall off and the game started to slip away. Three late tries followed as our boys lost belief in the ability to turn things around at the same time the visitors started to show their running class. The final score doesn’t perhaps reflect the match but it does reflect the dynamics within it.  
Putting the score to one side, the boys deserve great credit for making this final, and then for their effort on the day. This is as well as I have seen a Farnham Bs side play – certainly the defensive effort, particularly from our midfield, but on the day the opposition were just better than us. 
When you've devoted your rugby career (and much else besides) to FRUFC and have two sons playing on the day, you don't have to say anything about how the game is going - let the body language do the talking.

I'm very conscious that the Mini Section gets scant coverage in this newsletter.  Please feel free to send me stories and pictures for inclusion. I rely on stuff coming in for content - so its down to you guys. 

I appreciate you have your own comms channels and are constrained by Child Protection rules to publish photos and names of young people .  However, the Minis are a significant and vibrant section of our club and this newsletter goes beyond the paying membership to other friends and supporters who need to know about all the club's doings. We'll work within CPD rules and your message to me need be no more than a link to stuff published in your own channels.

Thank you.
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