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Coaching pays for Holt

PUBLISHED: 18:30 28 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:12 13 July 2010

Holt 17, Woodbridge 7

THIS gave Holt their second league win, putting them one place up the table over Woodbridge.

A good entertaining game kept the Holt faithful on tenterhooks right to the end.

Holt 17, Woodbridge 7

THIS gave Holt their second league win, putting them one place up the table over Woodbridge.

A good entertaining game kept the Holt faithful on tenterhooks right to the end. Holt have got it there, and with the hard work being put in by coach Steed are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Woodbridge put Holt under early pressure, but this was coped with and Holt had a chance to go ahead after eight minutes with a penalty. From the kick the ball rebounded off the post, but nobody was on hand to capitalise on the situation.

Holt maintained the onslaught and were rewarded after 10 minutes when Wright scored following a driving maul from a line-out (unconverted). Holt looked capable of extending their 5-0 lead.

But an attack failed and the Woodbridge right wing, collecting the ball in his own half, raced up the field and with no defence in sight scored and converted his try to put his side 7-5 ahead.

However hard Holt tried, Woodbridge were equal to the pressure and displayed stout defence and were also extremely dangerous on the counter-attack, giving Holt one or two alarms before the break.

Holt began the second half knowing they had the ability to take the game to their opponents, having displayed moments of exciting rugby. They needed to maintain the momentum, tighten up on their handling and stop giving away penalties.

But it was Woodbridge who again displayed positive rugby and camped in the Holt half. Their centre should have scored when he had the line at his mercy, but he tried to be too clever and the threat was nullified.

Holt stirred themselves and swept upfield to win a line-out close to the goal-line, from which Wright again scored following another well executed driving maul. With the conversion missing, Holt had gone back into the lead by three points at 10-7 with half an hour remaining.

Woodbridge put Holt under more pressure and had the opportunity with two kicks at goal within the space of two minutes to level the scores, but both were well off target.

With three minutes remaining, Holt scored the all important try. Following good work by Child, the ball was passed to Robson who finished off the move with a well-taken try in the corner. An excellent conversion by Allen made Holt safe with a 17-7 lead.

On Saturday Holt travel to Cambridge to play Cantabrigian, against whom Holt completed the double last season. Cantabrigian are above Holt in the table with three more points.


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