Category: Colts Match Report

Colts & U17 roundup

We’ve not produced a match report for a while but that does not mean to say its all been quiet for these age groups with a roundup of recent games below.

The Colts toured in Spain over the weekend 9-12 February after flying to Alicante on the Friday and then spending good social time in Benidorm on the Saturday watching the 6 nations games and then  travelling to Valencia on the Sunday to play Valencia.     Unbeknown to us the team we were set up to play by the tour company is 3rd in the Spanish national league and top in the Valencia region, the tour company setting us up against their 1st team squad rather than their 2nd team.

With the game also being played on Astroturf it was a reality check for the lads with a quick learning curve, unfortunately adapting too late into the game with the hosts getting a good lead which then proved impossible to reel back in.

Credit to the boys though as in the last quarter we started to get on top with the opposition coach commenting towards the end that if the surface was not astro the result may have read differently.




In all it was a great game well played by both teams with the opposition team proving some fantastic hospitality after the game.




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U17 vs Hitchin
With the U17s playing Hitchin in the weekend following the tour this was a bump back to ‘reality’ and English playing conditions.   With Hitchin getting their nose in front in the beginning and a then tit for tat scoring through the game until the last 15 minutes with Hitchin 26-24 in the lead it looked like Park were in for a loss.  With Park holding their discipline we managed to get on top with two fantastic tries in the closing minutes ending the game 36-26 victors!



Both of the last 2 tries engineered by ‘BoyBand’ Sibilia who in later weeks was to add to club history by playing with his older brother Giovanni in a 2XV against Welwyn.




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Colts vs Chess Valley
This past weekend saw the Colts take on Chess Valley having suffered defeat in the 1st game of the season to Chess going down 27-10.     The lads were quick off the mark and were quickly 3 tries – 0 in the lead, but with only 15 players and Chess with 22, things began to slow down towards the end of the half with Chess rotating fresh legs on at regular intervals.     With Chess losing a player to a red card just before the end of the half it looked like Park had the game in their gift – it was not to be with tit for tat scoring through the 2nd half until the last 5 minutes with Chess crossing for 2 tries easily getting past some tired legs putting the game out of reach for Park.  No excuses from Park though with Chess getting the upper hand in the last 20 minutes overall.      Even though the result did not go our way this was a ‘cracker’ of a game with some superb play by Park – let’s work on the fitness though lads!

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Colts pull one out the bag

The Colts had a nervous start against against Chesham this afternoon, with the kickoff going astray and the resulting scrum going the way of Chesham resulting in a penalty to Chesham. What followed was a very scrappy 7 minutes of play with Park giving up several penalties ultimately resulting in Chesham crossing for the 1st try of the game around the 8 minute mark. Unsurprising perhaps, given that this was the same side that trounced the Colts 5 weeks previously with a 71-12 result.

However, Park were having none of it and pulled together with every man on the field doing his job resulting in Chesham being starved of the ball and the few times they did get the ball being forced into making rushed decisions. With Park’s pack completely dominating in the scrum and retaining ball at almost every breakdown of play through multiple phases the pressure eventually paid off with Ryan Bull picking up off the back of the pack and getting past 3 defenders to touchdown for Park’s 1st of the day.

Chesham’s 10, our nemesis in the previous game, and the rest of their backs had a busy few minutes with Park’s forwards retaining possession through several phases and then trying to go wide. Chesham were fairly effective in disrupting Park’s back attack but with the pack in the mood for a contest up front possession was retained at each breakdown. Park continued to release wave after wave of attack with Louis Palmer eventually breaking around the outside and then coming back inside to beat several defenders to cross under the posts for Park’s next points.

With Park in the lead 12-5 at the change Chesham looked to the lineout and disrupted Park several times in this area, crossing once at the start of the half. Chesham were not consistent enough to create an issue for Park at the lineout and continued dominance in the scrum and at the breakdown from Park kept Chesham pegged back. It was Sam Tenny in the forwards that crossed for Park’s last of the day after some great phases of play from both the forwards and backs.

The huge effort put in by the pack perhaps started to tell around 8 minutes from the end with Chesham gaining the occasional upper hand in the breakdown. Chesham were quick to use this as a platform to launch several attacks at Park and tried to get around the outside getting into Park’s 25 on a few occasions. Park however maintained their composure and dug in to weather the attack with honours going to Park 19-10 at the close.

A very entertaining game that was a hard fought contest by both teams with impressive play by both backs and forwards from Park.

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Colts knocked out of Beds Cup

Stockwood Park Colts were knocked out of the Beds Cup this morning by Bedford. With Bedford able to field several East Midlands and DPP players and Park only having a squad of 20 fit to play it proved to be a tough day in the office.

With Bedford fielding a significantly heavier set of forwards Park’s front 8 were put to the test and came out on top dominating in most scrums and competing well at the ruck and maul. Lineouts were evenly contested by both teams with no team gaining the upper hand in this area.

Park’s undoing proved to be missed tackles with Bedford rightly taking advantage of any mistake by Park. With Bedford’s large pack clearly well drilled and holding up any Park player that did not have support or go to ground quickly when running into contact a number of turnovers went the way of Bedford. It was these differences between the teams that proved to be Park’s undoing.

With Bedford in the lead at the change over at 15-0 Park kept their heads up but never got enough of an attack going to threaten Bedford who crossed for another 3 in the second half.

A huge effort by Park against a very good team – congratulations to Bedford on the win and good luck to them in the rest of the Cup.

Colts lose in Sunday morning try fest!

On Sunday morning the Colts went down 40 – 45 against Leighton Buzzard in a fast moving and tense game. Buzzard were quick off the mark and showed their early intent by going 2 up in the first 10 minutes of the game with Park looking to have no answer initially. Park however quickly settled and as the game progressed both sides probed the others defences looking for that gap in the defence. Ultimately Park’s discipline let them down with 2 players being yellow carded for high tackles and rash play around the fringes and Buzzard were able to take advantage and keep ahead on the score board. Such was the excitement and pace in the game both sets of coaching staff lost track of the score and had to ask the referee for the final result at the end. A good game of rugby marred by some unnecessary ill-discipline from the squad which ultimately cost us with Buzzard walking away the victors having kept relatively cooler heads.

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Result for Colts at Old Albanians

Video footage from the Colts vs OA B’s game on Sunday. A quick start by the colts to open the scoreboard and then nervous play by both sides with neither giving way to the other in terms of defence. Park’s defence looked solid with any number attempts by OAs to cross being thwarted by a very determined Park defence. In the end it was a pressured kick over the top of OA defence with a quick follow up by Park that made the difference around halfway through the game. Both sides attacked using back and forward combinations after that without success with OAs pushing Park hard right up to the final whistle.

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