On Sunday 9th April, Veseyans U9’s returned to Sutton RFC for their final away match of the season and were given a warm welcome by Sutton’s players and coaches alike.

The V’s fielded two sides, the U9’s Blacks and the U9’s Whites, on what was a gloriously warm sunny day, ideal for running rugby.

The ‘U9 Blacks’ first encounter was clearly against the stronger of the two Sutton sides, and the game was a very tight affair, with the V’s defending superbly as a team and limiting Sutton to a handful of tries.
The V’s managed to orchestrate some excellent passages of play, with great handling, support play and strong attacking runs, however dogged Sutton defence limited us to one try from Harry Gwilliam and Sutton ran out 4 – 1 winners.

The ‘V’s Blacks’ second game showed their improved positional awareness, allowing them to defend well against Sutton, whilst creating excellent attacking opportunities themselves, following a number of turnovers.
The V’s were deserved 7-6 winners in this close fought match, with tries from Daniel Brook (3), Alex Hume (2), Harry Gwilliam (1) and a superb effort from Luke Byrne right at the death, to seal the win.

The ‘U9 Whites’ first game was a superb try fest, with both sides taking full advantage of the wide pitch. The V’s defended strongly with everyone committing to their tackles, and in attack they were able to create good opportunities for their strike runners with quick ball from the breakdown, as well as some superb off-loading skills out of the tackle; most notably Gurik Sidhu, who having sprinted virtually the length of the pitch only to be intercepted by a superb covering tackle yards from the line, was able to pop the ball up for the supporting George Mutch to score.

The Veseyans ‘Whites’ came out on top eventually by 12 tries to 10, with scores from Archie Strachan (4), William Bowen (3), George Mutch (3), Matthew Boland (1) and Tom Howell (1).

The ‘Whites’ second game was a tougher encounter. Sutton’s numbers allowed them to deploy rolling substitutions, whereas the Veseyans boys all played the full 20 minutes of both games, and this told.
Sutton had a number of very strong runners, who were able to use the wide pitch and carve open the tiring Veseyans defence, however the V’s were not about to lie down and showed great resilience in hitting back, particularly in the second half playing up the slope. Some great passing and support play created 8 tries for the Veseyans Whites, however Sutton proved too strong in the end and ran out 12 – 8 winners.
Veseyans try scorers were Archie Strachan (4), George Mutch (2), William Bowen (1) and Tom Howell (1).

Well done to all involved on what proved to be a superb final away fixture.