Warlingham 5 v Burgess Hill Cavaliers 54

Warlingham – a high respect side in Surrey, renown for their forward power and ability to control the game both in open play and at the breakdown.

Warlingham have some impressive scalps this season beating Wimbledon and only losing to London Irish by 2 points.

Sunday – An outstanding team performance from the Cavaliers- powerful in attack and resolute in defence. The Team were self-driven on Sunday, motivating and supporting each other throughout the whole match.

Hearing comments like “it just one score and we will not allow another” from the captain after they scored was heart-warming to hear as a parent and reassuring as a coach, the mutual support, no blame approach and drive to be better is all we as coaches have tried to teach them.

Needless to say Warlingham didn’t score again, in fact in spite of relentlessly trying they didn’t really get another opportunity. Outstanding!

My congratulation go to Chris Preen who played is first game at 8 on Sunday, and with 3 tries and a solid platform to the scrum it was an impressive performance by him.

We arrived on Sunday with 21 players, the Cavaliers have never been a 1st XV side, we are a squad of players, one team, every boy is a 1st  team player , regardless of time on or off the pitch.

Every boy played their part on Sunday, numerous replacements, quick changes, players adapting to various positions and not one single complaint regarding pitch time or choice of position, this demonstrates a mature attitude, true team value and trust in their coach by each player.

Forwards – Dominate, powerful and “As ONE’ is what made the difference on Sunday against a big confident team. Working as a unit, supporting each other and a clear understanding of what their teammates are doing. Our physicality, strength and fitness was clear to see and a dominating factor in the game.

There is some learning to come from Sunday, the forwards need to now take more physical control of the breakdown and open play, playing a fast game as we do does have its downside, it can become messy and uncontrolled, (looks awesome at times though) the next step is to know when to and when not to. Possession and control of the ball, the speed and the direction of play is our next challenge.

Their coach sent me a lovely email saying

“You displayed some great power rugby and afterwards said to my son the standard that some of your boy’s played at was outstanding.”

Backs – Fast, clinical, communicative, fast, strong and fast…. What can I say, great understanding, great hands, defensively strong, Warlingham even tried their big powerful forwards to run at the backs, didn’t work, strong and courageous tackling that quashed that line of attack. Creative moves in attack and the mixing up of positions, kept them guessing. Great attacking in the line from Joe, pace on the wings and a, selfless approach to every attack meant tries being scored.

Again we do need to learn to slow it down sometimes to maintain control and concentration in difficult situations.

A maturity in defensive decision making is on the list now for future training situations. It’s was clear to see that the additional training from Dave, Lee and Andy last Sunday, helped greatly and I look forward to more of that.

The boys need to learn that just because the opposition are frantic in their attack, we don’t need to be frantic in our defence.

Overview – Powerful, intelligent and connected, a great performance that whilst impressive has also highlighted some vital areas for improvement.

We scored probably the best try we’ve scored to date, a total team effort, from defence to attack, from one end of the pitch to the other, indefensible, great communication, support and fitness..

I heard this from a Warlingham parent “WOW” … love it?

Worth a mention- Archie played a clever and mature game, distributing the ball quickly with both hands and boot. Reactive to the opposition he counteracted their advances with clever kicking into space and fast-varied passing. Working really well with the forwards in attack especially utilising the blind side for a great try with Chris. Kicking 7 of 8 conversions (many from the side lines) Archie got his reward for a great performance being voted Man Of The Match by his peers the Warlingham players.

There has also been some lovely comments email by parents congratulating Archie on his performance – thank you to those that have done that.

Tradition at Warlingham, the MOTM’s go head to head on chairs and have to down a concoction of Ginger beer and tomato juice… In true Cavalier style he managed to win this … Just … keeping it all down surprisingly !!

In all a great performance from a Team that is really starting to get somewhere near it’s potential.

A sentence that would scare most other teams..

As parents please…. Be very proud of your son’s … they deserve your praise.








Date Time Season
November 19, 2017 11:00 am 2017-2018