U11A Rugby v Clifton Hall

Wednesday 9th March 2016

On a dry but cool afternoon on Wednesday St. Mary’s U11 A’s entertained Clifton Hall U11s A’s in an 8 a side game, on a rather soft pitch, in what was to be the final game of the rugby season.

Jamie won the toss and elected to take the pass- off to have possession to try to immediately put the away teams defence on the back foot.
William then Jamie himself drove play up to the ’22 where Jamie offloaded to the supporting Otto K to score.  This meant 1-0 and the start that we were looking for.

From the restart Clifton Hall tried to do likewise and after initially gaining some ground St Mary’s counter rucked to turn the ball over. Possession went through the hands of Mac R, Ollie C and finally to Jamie F who ran in well to make it 2-0.

Clifton Hall, who were a big physical team, tried to up the ante by driving through the middle and offloading to support. This met with some success but without threatening the home line through stout tackling from all the home players.

From this and a good Matt tackle, with a Will steal the ball was moved out to Alex F who fed Jamie F who again ran with determination and made the line. 3-0.
Clifton Hall came more into it over the next few minutes as they held on to possession much better, but again without nearing the home line. Robust home tackling countered what Clifton Hall tried to throw at St Mary’s. Then we noticeably stepped up intensity again through good driving and rucking and then moving the ball wide. Doing this Jamie scored his third try, quickly followed by a try from Matt to make the score 5-0. Then on half time Alex added to the tally as he supported a Will interception and offload to make it 6-0.

St Mary’s started the 2nd half where they left off. Clifton Hall were finding it difficult to contain the home sides intensity and hunger for the ball. All home players just wanted to have their hands on the ball. Even when not in possession St. Mary’s tackled with the intent to get it back, and this allied to good turning over of ball and counter-rucking at the ruck saw them with the majority of possession.

In the first minute, Mac turned over ball at ruck and got it to Will at the back of the ruck and he ran in well from the short side to immediately add to the score 7-0.

Again turnover ball from the ruck by Ollie and good handling out to Otto allowed him to run in to score. 8-0. Clifton Hall to their credit replied with a try after good driving and support play. 8-1. Clifton Hall then took play back into the home half only to lose it and St. Mary’s broke out. The ball got to Will inside the half and he took off up the pitch to score a typical Will try. He, along with Jamie and Ollie departed the scene with the trio having made their final contributions in U11 colours. Dicken, Hamish and Caelan then entered the fray.

The remainder of the half was more even as both teams still tried to play running rugby, but the difficult conditions took their toll. However there was still good rugby taking place.  Good defending though on both sides kept try scoring opportunities to a minimum. There was time though at the end of the match for St. M to score the final try of the4 afternoon. Good driving play and ball retention at the ruck followed by good hands got the ball out to Matt B who ran in well to make the final score 10-1.

Season over, and a good way to finish it with 3 good wins due to hard work, good attitude and trying to play as a team.

Mr A Rutherford


Mr A Rutherford, 11/03/2016

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