Senior Section Round Up

First of all on behalf of the seniors we hope everyone in the club is safe and well during these somewhat “frustrating” times with the new restrictions. Hopefully we can all still carry on enjoying our rugby on the pitch and the fun and games in the bar after the match.

November has been arguably the best month of the season so far for the 1st XV,. with wins coming against Belgrave and Dronfield at home, a battling draw away at Kettering and a strong performance away at Derby, despite coming up short. The first XV are actually unbeaten at home since the first game at Oval Park this season and are looking to carry on with this form through to the the Christmas break,with Lutterworth and West Bridgford both to be played at HQ.

There have been some debuts over this month (a record 15 this season!) New player to the club, Ross Elder (not Taylor) has fitted in really well in the back row, competing for what already is a strong position throughout the club, although his after match liquid consumption may need some work!

After strong appearances in the 2nd team this season, young Elliot Morris, son of Club Secretary Claire, has come into the back three, taking to it like a “duck to water,” providing a lot of energy and positivity across the back line. There have been several strong performances this month. Tom Bishop and Player/Coach Jon Lowdon have formed a strong, abrasive partnership in the centre. Arthur Redfern has been running himself into the ground every week… and then getting back up and doing it again, as well as Guy Want, described by opponents as the Wyggs “ voluptuous winger,” continuing his prolific try scoring form this season.

Tight Head prop Elliot Cant has been in magnificent form this month, putting in Man of the Match performances and regularly playing 80 minutes as the anchor of the Wyggs scrum, Elliot has now moved back to Leicestershire from London and it is great to see him doing so well. He almost said hello on Saturday, but couldn’t quite manage it. Finally first team stalwarts Arthur Redfern and Thomas Claffey each made their 150th first XV appearance this month, a fantastic achievement for two top players and, more importantly, two very decent human beings.

The 2s and 3s have had a mixed month, sadly only both playing on the same Saturday once. However training numbers are increasing and with some vital league games coming up, as well as a big cup semi-final, it’ll be important to keep this going after Christmas. There has been a lot of players develop and push for/make it into the First XV this season which is a credit to the 2s and 3s development pathway. Unfortunately no wins to report this month, but a string of good performances, with heart and desire shown throughout. These are promising signs for the coaching team and leadership group, looking to the second half on the season.

On the point of coaching and leadership, the senior section has had a change up with Lewis Jones coming in as forwards coach, assisted by James Brookes. Lewis has been at the club since he was 5, has had many roles through his Wyggs career and will be taking over from Jon Beart. We wish Jon the best and thank him for all he has done for the club on and off the pitch. We look forward to having a beer down the line.

On behalf of the senior section Thank you to everyone who has supported us on and off the pitch this season, coming to watch games near and far, especially with the cold weather setting in. It really is appreciated and the touch line gets spoken about weekly in pre-match preparations.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy festive period.

Sam Allardyce
Senior Section