Southam Year 7 went to neighbours Princethorpe with an impressive record of only one defeat in the season. We played 3rds to give all a fair share of the game. The first third was unfortunately the worst start to a game. The towering 5ft 11inch Princethorpe 2nd row was allowed to coast through our defences , rucking, scrums and tackling was very poor. French at blind side Flanker was one of the only shining lights as we went into the 2nd 3rd 17-0 down! But what a turn around – the side that could have crumbled under pressure came storming back. Body positions were better, scrums improved and tackling became far more dynamic. Michael King-Hall was a prime example of this new found desire to improve. A great break from Luke Padmore saw a likely comeback and try. Luke then broke again but was dragged back from the Princethorpe ‘high tower’. We were camped on their line for most of that third. Who knows what impact 17 -12 would have had on the final third. Unfortunately the side began to show fatigue and conceded 3 tries in the last period to flatter the home team; although we had to accept they were the better side on the day. Max Hurtubise needs credit for rising to the challenge to put in several great cover tackles in the last third and Conner Peisley made some great runs. Next time lads do not stay on the bus for the first 20 mins and we can really show them. Direct running and tackling from the backs and hard rucking from the forwards, like the 2nd 3rd and we can all hold our heads high. Great character shown – keep improving. Pictured man of the match French for impressive commitment and direct running in defence as much as attack.