Head's Newsletter 21 October 2016

By Chris O’Connell

So far this season, the U16s have excited their followers with attempts to play expansive, running rugby. Having identified their strength in the three-quarters, the forward have worked hard in training to provide a decent platform from which fly- half Huw Morris and centres Hayden Hyde and Sam Gunman have enjoyed capitalising. The back three of Josh Bennett, Dillon Goss and David Mason have also enjoyed plenty

Awsaf Mohammad stealing Gunnersbury lineout ball

Huw Morris off-loads inside to captain Sam Gunman

praise was given in the direction of the forwards and special mention must go to man-of-the match Tejbir Deol for his tireless and effective tackling and rucking throughout. There is a tangible energy and cohesion within the squad. There is a good

balance of leadership and a decent depth to the squad too. With half the squad on Duke of Edinburgh last weekend, our next fixture is not now until after the half-term. I hope that the momentum and confidence gathered so far is unaffected and we look forward to getting back into action. Hayden Hyde breaking the line again and on route to complete his hat-trick of tries

of attacking opportunities and ball in space. Decent wins came against University College School and away to Haberdashers’ Aske’s and positives were taken from progressive performances against King’s College Wimbledon and St Paul’s, despite being out- muscled on both occasions. Our most impressive performance, however, came last Saturday against Gunnersbury. Our forwards dominated the opening exchanges, winning the desired quick ruck ball for the backs, who ran in 5 unanswered tries in the first half. More tries followed after the half-time break and the final score of 45 – 12 reflected Tiffin dominance. High

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