1st XV Rugby v Earlston HS
Venue: St Mary’s
Date: 14th September 2016
The squad were absolutely raring to go for the first proper match of the season and there was added spice as it was the local derby and a lot of the boys knew each other very well from club rugby.
St Mary’s started brilliantly. St Mary’s capitalised on a loose ruck with the ball spurting out to William who fed the backs and Harris scored in the left hand corner after some quick hands.
Earlston quickly replied with a well worked try in the opposite corner at the other end. William tried his best to make the covering tackle but alas, it was touched down. William was a machine all day, making covering tackles all over the park and saving countless tries.
It was a great game of rugby with both teams producing captivating rugby as the ball was spun wide with quick thinking and intelligent running. Lachlan was a trooper all day who showed pace, power and intelligence, an absolute rock in the midfield. Harris, our captain, was struggling with a knee injury but still showed the class he has to put players in space and lead the team in a controlled manner. Earlston then got 2 more tries through a little lack of concentration in defence before half time.
The second half started with a bang as Will latched on to an interception and showed his pace to score to the right of the posts. A great reply! This gave St Mary’s a huge boost and the next try came from Tommy after a quick tap and he managed to dummy and shimmy his way over the line though about 3 defenders!
Earlston came back into St Mary’s half but after a turnover and some smart decision making from Harris and Lachlan, a wee switch on the left wing built some phases before the ball was spun to the right then back to the left. Lachlan was the man on the end and scored a super team try. A huge part of this try was though the work on the ground at ruck time with our ball presentation and clearing being very precise at each ruck. Jamie and Oliver were all over the park and playing with desire that inspired the whole team.
The boys were on fire but alas Earlston managed to get the final try which was a bulldoze over the line after a lineout.
Earlston won by a conversion.
The effort, skill and desire this team put in today was unquestionably the best performance a St Mary’s team has put in in the first game of a season for a long time!
Sport is cruel at times but the boys will learn and we will be better for it. Defence was outstanding, attack needs more depth and this will come. To a man, all players were brilliant today. Roll on next week!
Next job lads.
Mr R E Mill
Jules Birdsall, 15/09/2016