Venue: St Mary’s
Date: 7th December 2016
The last match of the term brought a dreich day on St Mary’s front field. After last weeks performance, the lads were full of confidence but with their feet firmly on the ground.
They knew Fettes were a good team and they had to be at the peak of their powers to achieve success.
St Mary’s kicked off towards the Greenyards. Fettes caught the ball and immediately showed their intent when their outside centre streaked up the school touchline to score in the left corner. This came about from being too tight in defence and allowing Fettes a lot of space in the wide channels.
St Mary’s re focused and kicked off again and started to defend properly. Fettes had the upper hand at ruck time and were getting clean ball for their powerful backs to run. Lachlan as ever was heroic in defence as was William T covering time and again. St Mary’s just couldn’t get their hands on the ball. Fettes scored two more converted tries in succession before a reply from St Mary’s.
St Mary’s began to get into the game with some good wide passing and Tommy producing some magic moments with chips and steps. Some great power running through Hamish and Jamie led to William T dotting down in the right corner before half time. A typical scrum half try. It was not converted but gave the boys a lift going into half time.
The message at half time was clear; wider in defence and keep hold of the ball in attack. St Mary’s needed to score first.
Alas, Fettes scored a converted try first but after that, St Mary’s defence was far better and began to run a lot of phases through being far more effective at ruck time. The ball was being moved but at times, it should have been moved earlier. Cross field kicks were putting some pressure on Fettes but Fettes were awake to the problem most times. Lachlan did get a try though one of these kicks but it was too late. A brave comeback and St Mary’s fought until the death as usual but the boys came up against a stronger outfit on the day who were more clinical and effective in most areas.
I say again, this squad has been a joy to coach from start to finish. The increments of improvement from September to now is night and day. The squad has worked hard to improve their basic skills but keep working hard, that is all I ask. There is a lot of talent at St Mary’s and if you have the belief and desire to be the best, you will. Never forget; better people make better players.
I salute you all lads. Always learning, always getting better.
You either win or you learn boys.
Mr RE Mill
Jules Birdsall, 08/12/2016