1st Rugby v Belhaven
Date: 28th September 2016
This game is usually one of the most hotly contested on the prep school circuit and so it proved again!
A scrappy match from both teams and was obvious to see the fighting spirit from both teams for the entire match. Nerves were flying right from the start and indeed after a great kick off from Tommy which was caught by St Mary’s, the lads proceeded to keep ball before Lachlan made a searing break. He then offloaded to Will S who scored in the left corner. Tommy converted to make it 7-0 within 1 minute.
We knew Belhaven would come roaring back and the boys had to think of TCUP and next job.
Belhaven managed to get many turnovers from very good jackling and poor ruck technique by St Mary’s. Due to this, Belhaven scored a very good try down their left flank. St Mary’s needed to keep hold of the ball for longer periods. 7-7.
The game was tight and many errors were being made which did not allow the game to flow as well as it should of. After yet another turnover by Belhaven in the middle of the park, Belhaven went through the phases but were stopped time and again by Alexander and Matt who were having strong defensive games. They kept hold of the ball though and eventually scored in the right corner. The conversion was missed. 7-12.
Half time came and went and Belhaven kicked off. Some confusion as to who should catch the ball in the red zone put a lot of pressure on St Mary’s at the start of the half. Fortunately a penalty was awarded and Tommy cleared the lines. Lachlan, again was outstanding in the amount of breaks he made in this half but alas his support was lacking and Belhaven again got turnovers.
The scored stayed this way until the final whistle. Heroic defence from both teams allowed this score to stay the same but the boys will have to learn to keep ball for longer periods to make progress and get over the line. At times, the team looked very good but this accuracy has to last more than 3 phases.
The boys have a lot to work on in practice this Friday and we will come back stronger.
Next job boys.
Mr R E Mill
Jules Birdsall, 29/09/2016