More Netball and Rugby action in Primary

School News January 27, 2019
More Netball and Rugby action in Primary

U9 Rugby Match Report

Venue: Wellington College, Shanghai

Saturday 26th January 2019

On Saturday the boys had three fixtures to look forward to. We had trained for an hour and a half on Friday evening, focusing on formation, tackling and supporting the ball carrier. It was a cold but beautiful morning in Shanghai and it was nice for all of the schools to finally get outside into the clean air after a polluted week.

Our first match was against LFS, the French school who played some nice passing rugby. Our ball carriers played superbly and R. Huang, O. Yan, and S. Yan led from the front taking the ball in with pace and showing strength to retain the ball in the tackle. Despite scoring some wonderful tries, we did not back ourselves in defence and let through some relatively easy tries. Defence is definitely going to be the focus over the next couple of weeks and we should have emerged victorious but for a game saving try by LFS. The final score was seven tries each and an enjoyable attacking match to begin the day.

Final Score: WAIS 35 – 35 LFS

Try scorers: R. Huang (4), O. Yan (2), S. Yan

After a team discussion and a drink of water we were up against the Japanese Sea Horses, who despite their small size have great courage and bravery in the tackle. Fortunately, we put pressure on them in defence and stepped up to close the space down. Our tackling was much better in this game and we turned the ball over twice. T. Lu and Y. Shen ran well, displaying some good footwork and turning out of the tackles. Again we retained the ball well and we proved slightly too powerful. It was a brilliant victory as S. Yan powered over the line for the final try in the final play of the game.

Final Score: WAIS 35 – 30 Japanese Sea Horses

Try scorers: R. Huang (3), S. Yan (4)

The final match of the morning was against hosts Wellington College. They are a similar size school to WAIS and it was set to be a good match. Again we attacked well and scored most times we had the ball, however our tackling let us down and we conceded everytime that Wellington attacked. Considering Mr. Wood offered a chocolate bar for every individual tackle made, coming out owing just one chocolate bar was disappointing! It was a great game and we pushed Wellington to the end and despite losing talisman R. Huang, we continued to move the ball out of the tackle and run hard lines.

Final Score: WAIS 20 – 30 Wellington College

Try Scorers: R. Huang (2), O. Yan, S. Yan

Overall is was a pleasing morning of rugby. We competed against all teams and our result against the Seahorses was an excellent win. There is much to practice on going forwards but there is the making of a very good team.

Going forwards Friday afternoon sessions are so important to the team development. We will be playing outside when possible and it will be a contact session. Gum shields are imperative and I can see this rugby team going from strength to strength. The boys were a pleasure all day and their behavior on the bus to and from Shanghai was a pleasure to behold, despite the return journey taking over 4 hours!

U11 Rugby Match Report

Venue: Wellington College, Shanghai

Saturday 26th January 2019

After a relatively speedy bus journey, the Under 11s got off the coach in Shanghai looking to build on some impressive performances over the first couple of weekends. With a few key players missing through injury, there were a few new faces in the team determined to make an impression.

The first match was against the hosts, Wellington College’s 1st team. Things got off to a poor start when the WAIS boys conceded a soft try soon after the kick off (weak tackling was to show across the morning our downfall), before vice-captain K. Tamati equaled things up for WAIS. The boys in blue then went into the lead with a well worked try through captain X. Clarke, which the whole team seemed to enjoy.

Unfortunately, that was as good as it got for WAIS, as some more weak defending, particularly in the tackle area led to WAIS conceding four more tries by the end of the match with no reply.

Final Score: WAIS 10-30 Wellington College 1sts

Try Scorers: K. Tamati, X. Clarke

The next match was up against Wellington’s 2nd team, and this proved to be confidence booster that the team needed against weaker opposition, with tries coming in from X. Clarke (3), K. Tamati (4), E. Li (2), L. Wang, and with his first try for WAIS, E.Yang from Grade 4. The boys were fantastic in support and for nearly every try, there was a team mate close by ready to receive a pass or hit a ruck, and the only disappointing aspect was conceding a try in the last play of the game. Although tougher opposition was in store, all the boys involved enjoyed the game.

Final Score: WAIS 55-5 Wellington College 2nds

Try Scorers: K. Tamati (4), X. Clarke (3), E. Li (2), L. Wang, E. Yang

Up next were the ever impressive Lycee Francais Shanghai (LFS – French School), who had got the better of the WAIS boys in the previous two fixtures against them this term. This potentially had a psychological impact on the boys from the start, as there was not the same drive and intensity that had been important in their previous two games, and simple handling errors were also creeping in. Captain X. Clarke did manage to muscle his way through for a solitary try, however unfortunately the French school scored ten tries in reply, some of their own making, and some from WAIS mistakes. Targets for improvement in the final match of the day – catching kick off returns and one on one tackling.

Final Score: WAIS 5-50 LFS

Try Scorer: X. Clarke

After a mixed first three games, the last game of the day came against the Japanese Seahorses, a mix of stronger, taller boys and skillful, smaller players. From the start, despite the cold weather conditions, the team that started seemed determined to battle as hard as they could, and as we approached half time, the score was one try apiece, with the WAIS score coming from E.Li aka “Twinkle Toes” owing to his fast feet around the pitch. However, on the stroke of half time, the Seahorses managed to sneak themselves in front to lead. In the second half, the Seahorses managed to score a couple of soft tries through weak tackling from the WAIS boys, however they managed to score another try through Captain fantastic X. Clarke, who had come on for the second half despite damaging his knee in the second half against the French school. With a final record of played four, won one and lost three, both the under 11s and the coaches know there is lots to work on in training over the next few weeks, as we begin the build up to finals day on 23rd March.

Final Score: WAIS 10-40 Seahorses

Try Scorers: E. Li, X. Clarke

U11 Netball Match Report

Venue: Wellington College, Shanghai

Saturday 26th January 2019

This was WAIS’ third friendly competition and Wellington were hosting. On this occasion, Wycombe Abbey had entered an A and B team. This was the first game that some of the grade 4’s had represented the school and there were some pre-match nerves.

In the first game, WAIS B, were playing Wellington B.  Both teams competed well. Wellington B took an early lead and despite WAIS B creating several good scoring opportunities, WAIS B were unable to score.  In the second half WAIS continued to attack and the girls combined well for Apple to score.  The girls continued to play well but were unfortunate to get a winner.   

Final score: WAIS “B” 1-1 Wellington “B”

The next game was WAIS A vs Wellington. On the previous encounter WAIS beat Wellington but they knew this was going to be a tough match.  The game was exciting to watch with end to end action but thanks to good defending from both teams neither could score. Just before half time Wellington broke the dead lock and went into half time with a one goal lead.  In the second half WAIS dominated play and created several good scoring chances but were unable to score.  

Final score: WAIS “A” 0-1 Wellington “A”  

In the next game versus Dulwich College, Suzhou, WAIS A started the game with energy and focus and the team quickly combined to put the team four goals up by half time.   In the second half the team defended well when necessary and were awesome in combining to create chances for J. Zhou and C. Sun to score three more goals.

Final score: WAIS 8-0 DCSZ

In their final game, the WAIS “B” girls were faced with tough opponents for their final match of the day. DCSZ were fast and the team communicated well but WAIS put up a good fight. Our girls attacked well and despite being pulled up for some obstruction, they did not let this affect their energy and focus. Y. Ye, A. Bi, and S. Liu formed a formidable trio but sadly they just couldn’t quite overcome the faster pace of Suzhou’s A team. It’s great to see our B team put up such a challenge for other school’s A teams!

Final Score: WAIS 0-5 DCSZ