U11B/U10 Rugby v Clifton Hall
Wednesday 21st September
Geordie Mclay (C)
Having arrived a little late, St. Mary's were rushed into a warm up where skills looked to be good. However the first half began and with some very big opposition, St. Mary's were put under pressure right from the first whistle. With some heads still appearing to be still on the bus, Clifton Hall scored first with some powerful running, despite some great tackling and turnovers from Geordie M from Callum A respectively. This seemed to waken St. Mary's up a little and as a result there was some good interlinking play through Mitchell C and Stewart M. However with the opposition thundering down towards them, things became a little frantic and passes a little wayward. This led to a slight lack of organisation as well as forward running which somewhat hampered some attacking play, however as half time came and went St. Mary's seemed to gain confidence and some excellent running from Ollie L led to a great individual try.
Things were looking up, however, again, the Clifton Hall power dismantled the dogged St. Mary's defence which led to another score.
Towards the end of the second half St. Mary's had a lot of try scoring opportunities, with some great running from Ed S, and both Ollie L and Alex M making valiant efforts, but knocking on just before the line. However, the St. Mary's efforts were not in vain, as Stewart M went over after a good run and leg drive.
Had the half had another few minutes then st. Mary's may have had a sniff at victory, although it was all a little too late as the final whistle blew
just after Stewart's try.
All things considered it was a great effort from all of those involved. For now, it's heads up and onto next week!
Jules Birdsall, 22/09/2016