14 Dec 2016
Rugby Review 2016-17

What a fantastic term of rugby we have seen! From the first competitive fixtures for year 3 to the final Year 8 rugby matches to be played for Gayhurst, it has been a super term with some truly wonderful rugby being played throughout by all teams. Special thanks must go to Mr Mills for the fantastic playing surface he has provided throughout the term!

Year 3 Rugby

The start of the Autumn term is always a very exciting one for the under 8s, not only having to deal with moving to the senior part of the school but also with the start of competitive fixtures. The attitude of all of the boys has been fantastic and the improvement and development since the start of the year has been superb, it’s a real shame that the rugby has to end when everything was just beginning to click! The boys have played 4 fixtures in total, including 2 triangulars, against the Beacon, Davenies, St Johns Northwood and Berkhamsted Prep. A couple of highlights of the year have to be the Under 8 A team winning the Gayhurst Festival and reaching the NSRT National Tag Rugby Finals, due to be played in March.

Year 4 Rugby

The year 4 boys have enjoyed a challenging term of rugby. Making the step up from tag rugby to contact rugby is not always easy and it does often take a little time to adjust, which has been the case for year 4. What has been great to see is the determination of all the boys to improve and work hard during training sessions increasing their confidence in the contact side of the game and this has been evident in the last few triangular and quadrangular fixtures of the term. Overall the year group have performed fairly well recording 14 wins, 19 losses and 7 draws. A highlight for the term will surely be the performance of all teams during the Caldicott Mini Festival, in which all teams played with energy, enthusiasm, great heart and spirit.

Year 5 Rugby

As a year group year 5 have made real progress with their rugby throughout the term. The increase in the amount of contact, focusing on the tackle area with rucks and mauls, has been received with great enthusiasm and from the U10 A to U10 D teams, improvements have been made in this area. The performances as a year group, with regards to results, have been, on the whole, positive with the year group recording 11 wins, 10, losses and 1 draw. What has been most promising from all sides is the endeavour to play attacking, free flowing rugby, looking to move the ball in to space, which has enabled many tries to be scored this term. Special mention must go to the U10 A side who played in the NSRT Regional Rugby Festival, who all fought valiantly and tried to play an exciting brand of rugby against tough opposition and during difficult opposition.

Year 6 Rugby

Overall our most successful year group this term, the year 6 boys have taken everything they have learnt since year 3 and performed exceptionally well this term. All boys from U11 A to U11 D are looking to play an exciting brand of rugby, moving the ball away from contact and off-loading out of the tackle situation and making decisions based on what they are seeing in front of them, which has been a pleasure to see this term. As a year group they have recorded 14 wins, 6 losses and 1 draw, a fantastic way to end their rugby careers at Gayhurst, hopefully we will see one or two faces turning out at Twickenham in the not too distant future!

Year 8 Rugby

Autumn term 2016 saw the end of an era for Gayhurst, with the final year 8 pupils representing the school at rugby for the last time! Although small in number the members of 8S have represented the school fantastically alongside Chesham Prep in the Combined 1st XII. The boys played 4 fixtures losing in close contests to Davenies and Ashfold, beating Merchant Taylors Prep and drawing against Merchant Taylors Senior School, in one of the most entertaining matches of the season. All members of the senior rugby squad should be proud of their performances for the school this term and happy in the knowledge that they bid farewell to year 8 rugby in style!

Rugby House Matches

As with every term and in every sport, house matches seem to bring out the best in all of the pupils from year 3 to 6 and this year was absolutely no different! The standard across the board and the level of rugby played during the games was at times something to behold and every one of the boys and girls who played in the rugby house matches should be proud of their efforts! In year 3, during a tightly contested and highly entertaining match, Campbell came from behind to beat Taylor with the final play of the game, winning by 70 points to 65. The year 4 house matches were won by Stafford, who played some excellent running rugby and were ferocious in defence. In year 5, during a very physical and entertaining contest, Gibbs overcame a motivated and tough Taylor side by 35 points to 30. The year 6 house matches final between Stafford and Campbell was this year the most fiercely contested of all the house matches played. After a term of wide, expansive rugby, both sides decided that the house final would be more based on a more direct game plan, utilising short passes and running straight and hard, often directly at opposition defenders. Campbell eventually triumphed in a close contest, played in a fantastic spirit.

We now look forward to the spring term and the Football season, in which fingers will be crossed for not only plenty of goals but also fair weather! We hope to see plenty of parents, family and friends on the touchline… Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!