U10 Rugby (Form 5) v Clifton Hall

22nd March 2017
The Form 5’s travelled to Clifton Hall on Wednesday for the last rugby match of the season. Rain had poured all day with occasional sleet, but on arrival it had eased. Pitches were so heavy the match was played on a coned side area.

St. Marys started the match and immediately scored. Geordie Mac broke forward and offloaded to the supporting Ed S who got in at the corner. Soon after Clifton replied in kind as the much heavier side eventually crashed through St. Mary’s defence. Not that we weren’t putting in the tackles with everyone making their contribution. At this point Mitchell C was lost to injury.

The home scored then scored again before St. Marys levelled at 2-2 when again Geordie Mac broke clear and fed Archie J who finished well. Ollie L and Archie J then made a couple of try saving tackles as they covered back and across to cut off home incursions. However Clifton made their size tell in the heavy conditions as some driving play took them over the line despite some brave St. Marys tackling trying to stop them. Then, right on the break, captain Geordie Mac scored to again level it as he with determination and fleet of foot evaded home tackling.

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The 2nd half started well for St. Marys as some stout defending kept Clifton out,    and from a turnover on their line ball got out to Ollie L. With no second thought he took off wide to outflank chasing defenders to go the length and score a fine try in the mud. 4-3. Clifton then had their best spell and scored the next 3 tries. St. Marys were playing good rugby though as Ed S, Geordie Mac and Stewart M demonstrated their evasive skills, but just couldn’t quite break the home defence.

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St. Marys continued to tackle and defend well though despite the loss of these 3 tries with Geordie Mac taking the lead with Ed S with right behind him. St. Marys weren’t giving up, and to their credit scored the next 2 tries. Geordie Mac and Ed S touched them down with Alex M and Stewart M heavily involved in their making. 6-6.Then, during the last play of the period, another powerful home drive saw them over the line and make the score-line 6-7.

The end of this mid period saw the loss of both Geordie Mac and Ollie L to injury. As a result, 3 home players came on to help out St. Marys to keep the match going. 2 minutes in and Ed S had to come off also. At this point the teams were mixed to see out the remaining game time.

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Well done to both teams who gave their best efforts in the heavy conditions and cold, blustery wind. Well done to our boys who never gave up when faced with a much heavier team.

Mr A Rutherford

Jules Birdsall, 28/03/2017

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