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After the disappointing loss to London Irish on 12th Feb, the 1st XV bounced back with a gritty performance to beat Guildford 18-21 last Saturday. 

While the 1st XV results have been mixed this campaign (to put it mildly), this win puts a stake in the ground that the entire club should be proud of.  Back in the pre-league days, Guildford would not deign to give a game to the upstarts from the other end of the Hogs Back and, until this season, Guildford has played in leagues way above us.

The 1st XV is the pinnacle of any rugby club and our steady advance upwards in recent years is the direct result of the club's strength in depth, breadth and loyalty. As the COVID restrictions are finally lifted, we are mindful of those dark days of total lock down when the club stayed strong, committed and united.

Be you parent or player, coach or committee member, boy, girl, Mini, Junior, Falcon, Hornet or Vet, we were all on the Guildford pitch last Saturday.

Thank you.    

Jack Jeffery

Following the tragic death on the field of play of Evesham RFC player Jack Jeffery on 12th February, the club joined the entire Rugby community in paying their respects before last weekend's games.

On Sunday, our U15s lined up with Hitchen RFC.  Match report below.

Never mind the weather......

After a relatively dry and settled winter, the wind and rain has hit with a vengeance. This means we have to take care of our own limited playing space - and we all have a role with regards keeping repetitive drills and spectators off playing surfaces etc.  And we should all give a hand to those squads who make the trek to "foreign fields" to fulfil their home fixtures.  One day....

Having said that, rugby football was designed to be played in the mud!  As we can see below, our U15s girls Phoebe and Eva have got stuck in.

On Sunday 13th, Chobham certainly delivered the mud - and the rugby - for our U15 Girls. In contrast to the previous week we started slowly and were very quickly 3 tries to nil down before Mimi crossed for the first of 2 her tries just before half time.

With the wind behind in the second half the Eagles scored further tries from Amy, Hattie & Polly, with 2 conversions from Phoebe helping Farnham to a 29-24 victory.

Podium: Bronze - Caitlin - who could completed her first ever 15 aside game Silver - Jess - for another hard working game in the 2nd Row Gold - Amy - back from a concussion break with a busy display including a try
The result of the Falcon's visit to Havant is there for all to see. Try scorers on the day: Jade McClune, Amy Wadmore, Mathilde Delfour and Rachael Gold.

The club has enjoyed other notable victories in recent weeks, notably the Vets who trounced London Irish by some forty points and the Academy's non-league victories over Basingstoke (13th) and Newbury (20th). 

U15s v Hitchin

Report by Ed Simpson.

After an immaculate show of respect by players and spectators, the U15s played two matches against the visitors from Hertfordshire.

The A game delivered two contrasting halves of rugby today in difficult conditions.  After winning the toss we chose to play into the wind. The two sides were evenly matched but Farnham struck first when some sharp handling released Oli Pye out on the left wing who broke 2 tackles and scored in the far corner. 

Hitchin came straight back used the wind to their advantage to kick into the 22 and after sustained pressure score out wide. 5-5. From the kick-off Farnham were back in the Hitchin 22 working phases with forwards and backs combining, Ben Evans found a gap and muscled his way over from 5m out. 10-5 Farnham. This end to end play continued with Hitchen scoring under the posts going into half time 10-12 up.

Second half we struggled to manage the conditions. What should have been an advantage with the wind behind Farnham, turned out to be our undoing. Putting more width on the pass resulted in too many knock-ons with the ball moving around in the wind.  We over kicked - with balls running over the deadball, and missed touch on pens. These errors killed our momentum and gave Hitchin vital field position which they converted into 2 more scores. We managed to score with 5 minutes to go but the opposition held on to grind out a good away win. Final score 17-24 Hitchin.

On the adjacent pitch, a mix and match Bs line-up were simply too strong for their Hitchin counterparts in a one-sided 32-0 victory.  Tasked with working hard, looking after the ball given the conditions and playing with the understanding that many were playing out of their comfort zones, the boys were gladly up for the challenge.

In difficult conditions, we dominated both halves - both into and with the wind - against a side that offered little in terms of attacking endeavour and just enough in defence to frustrate and stop us racking up a cricket score.

Still, the boys deserve credit for producing a coherent display and dominating the key aspects especially considering the makeshift nature of the line-up and that they were stripped of their usual back-row strengths due to the limitations of the fixture.  

Of particulate note, Patrick Sykes pulled the strings at fly-half and rose to the challenge of playing heads up and asking questions of the defence as he saw fit - and Euan Morris was a reassuring presence at fullback and a constant threat when he joined the line. 

Charlie Jenkins and Dan Hunt snuffed out what attacking verve the visitors could muster in midfield and distributed well, while our pack, denied the chance to contest in the scrum, did their talking in the loose with strong carry after strong carry.  

Tries: William Eastlake, Tom Rich, Louis Scoular, Keagan Olverman, Archie Hawkyard, Zach Robinson Con: Patrick Sykes .

Next weekend's entertainment with an egg.

Next Saturday the 1st XV make the trip to KCS Old Boys in their latest "catch-up" match from the festive season's COVID attack.  KCS are one spot above us in the league and there's every chance the boys will pick up some more points before returning to enjoy the fabulous atmosphere at the club house on the occasion of the England v Wales game on the big screens. KO 4.45.  The Scotland/France curtain raiser (KO 14.15) will also be shown.

There are no home games with the Vikings scheduled to be in Brighton for a league match.  Good luck boys!.

Together with a packed schedule of Mini and Junior rugby, there's live rugby to enjoy on Sunday as the Academy face keen rivals Dorking in the league.  KO 2.00.  This should be a cracker.

Mark your diaries for 5th March when the 1st XV are back home again - hopefully - to set the record straight against Chichester.  That game kicks off at 3.00pm.

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