Written by Graeme Turnbull
Esher Colts played Cobham in the Twickenham Cup Final of the Quins Cup at Farnham.
A tense start saw the Esher defence hold out with some ferocious tackling and great rucking.
Once we got into the game Esher took the lead through Chris Hone and then another try was added by Kevin Kodituwakku, both of which were successfully converted by Harry Rice, one from almost the touchline.
Cobham rallied and scored twice before halftime which saw us lead 14-12.
The intense nature of the game continued with yet more phenomenal tackling and great defensive work. Cobham then took the lead with a converted try, but Esher raised again and Jonny Daly was denied a 70m intercept within meters of the line and Sam Ossei Yeboah was just held up over the line.
Cobham scored again with a few minutes left and, obviously rattled, took their full time to attempt the conversion.
Despite fighting hard Cobham won 24-14.
Quite simply it was the culmination of years of effort, which led to the best Colts performance we have seen. Our stand out MOTM was Rocco Newson Smith as awarded by Cobham.
Each player who took to the field on Sunday was outstanding. It was a true squad effort with nothing left on the pitch. The players played their hearts out. They were disappointed, but, in time, will be proud of the way they played for each other on that pitch at Farnham. As each and every Esher spectator was of them. Outstanding.
Thank you to all the parents who came to support the lads, and also the non-playing squad members who came to help the players warm up. A proper squad mentality.
The game was a fantastic advert for Colts Rugby.
Sadly, Henry Waugh has been in hospital since Sunday with a kidney issue. We are in contact with Simon and getting updates. All the thoughts of everyone in Esher Colts is with Henry, Simon and Heather at this time and we wish Henry a speedy recovery.
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