Guildford Rugby Club

Waterfall Cup Match Reports - U13s Blues and U13s Yellows


U13s Waterfall Cup

Sunday 14th January 2024

Guildford Blues vs Weybridge Vandals, 11-2 win. (Home)

After all the boys had strictly adhered to Chairman Rob’s nutrition guidelines and 9pm bedtime instructions the night before, there was much energy and anticipation for the start of the 2024 U13 Waterfall Cup fixtures for the U13 Blues.  After six wins and one draw in the county’s top division last season, there was hope that the team would get off to a good start against the Weybridge Vandals. 

And they didn’t disappoint, in the first play after the kick-off the ball was passed skilfully from player to player and the ball found the overlap on the right wing for the first try to be scored inside the first minute.  Start as you intend to continue, they say, and these U13s had stated their intention. Six times in the first half they carried the ball over the try line and kept the opposition scoreless. There were some great runs down the wing and through the defence by Seb, Jesse and Daniel, but what the parents were all saying at half time was how each player was having a good match and it was the team play that was enabling them to dominate Weybridge.

The 6-0 score at half time actually secured the points for Guildford under the Waterfall Cup rules, but both teams wanted to still play the second half.  Weybridge came out fighting and quickly scored, finding a gap in the Guildford defence. But Guildford re-grouped and it was the teamwork demonstrated by quick passing, support in the ruck, running alongside the ball carrier and lots of encouraging each other that led the Blues to win 11-2. Hats off also to the injured Harry, Jack and Edward who came along to cheer on their teammates.

U13s Waterfall Cup

Sunday 14th January 2024

Guildford Yellows vs Dorking, 3-3 draw (Away)

If there ever was a game of two halves this was it.  Playing with the hill and some strong driving / forward play, Dorking quickly had the Yellows under pressure.  Some strong defending kept the hosts at bay for the first 10 minutes but Dorking soon struck from a good back line move into the corner. Only a great tackle by Seb to put the opposition’s big winger into touch kept the Yellows in it.  Guildford started to get into their stride as the half went on though, and were unlucky with one effort held up over the line after a great break from Jack and Jacky losing control in the corner. Dorking grabbed a second just before half time after another period of attacking play to leave the score 2-0 at the break.

After some magic half time coaching team talk and playing with the hill, Guildford were a team transformed in the second half.  They won some great rucks, attacked across the back line and really started to compete.  Jacky scored from a tap penalty and, despite Dorking scoring a length of the pitch try, Tien grabbed Guildford’s second with a great steal in a tackle and a dive over the line.  Jacky equalised the scores by going the long way round to score in the corner and it was all Guildford in the last 5 minutes but they just couldn’t get the winner despite putting huge pressure on the Dorking players.

All in all, great game and probably honours even. Special shouts to Jack for some great drives, Max for some strong forward play, Sebastian for some awesome turnovers and Jacky for his constant running.  Plan for next week, tell the lads it’s half time at the start of the game!

Under Surrey Rugby Waterfall cup competition rules, if after full time the scores are equal, the “Away’ team will progress as ‘Winner’, meaning Guildford Yellows have the win.

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