U9 Rugby v Merchiston
Wednesday 13th September
Euan G (C)
On the first match of the season for the U9s, we travelled to Merchiston. With a daunting size difference between the two sides in Merchistons' favour it looked like it might be a challenging day for the St. Mary's boys.
The first half kicked off with a couple of good passes from St. Mary's, and with some great footwork and pace from Nick, he was able to scamper down the wing for the opening score of the game. This was followed by a passage of play that was inundated with fumbles and missed tackles. However from a scrappy piece of play Euan was able to secure the ball and with some great running scored St. Mary's second of the game. With play restarting, some great pressure from the St. Mary's defence, namely blair with some great tackles, this forced a turnover which allowed Euan to regather once again and race over for his second.
Merchiston managed to retain possession for quite some time before half time, however some solid St. Mary's defence from Nick, Blair, Finlay and Euan ensured a blank scoresheet for half time.
With a knock on from Merchiston, this brought the first half to a close.
The second half kicked off much the same as the first had ended with sustained St. Mary's possession and pressure. A gap in the Merchiston defence allowed Nick to get through and score his second of the game. This was followed by a period of play that saw st. Mary's hovering around the merchiston line, and with some eagle eyes for the line and a good pick up from the ruck, Christian managed to score the second of the half. Nick rounded off proceedings for the second half with a fine bit of running securing his hat trick.
This game finished St. Mary's 6 Merchiston 0.
It was then decided that another short game would be played before finishing with a mixture of the teams for the final game.
Again St. Mary's played some excellent rugby with some great attacking rugby, seeing Tom score the first of the second game with a great piece of running, enabling him to carve through the defence. Blair then quickly followed suit with a try before the stroke of half time.
The second half was as exciting as the first and with some great tackling from Barnie and Christian, it secured possession back for St. Mary's. It was just a good piece of defending from Merchiston that denied Barnie his first score of the game, forcing him into touch just before the line. The defending still could not be shaken as Hector, one of the stallworts of the day, managed to make a nuisance of himself at key points in the Merchiston attack with some great tackling to match. St. Mary's managed to round of a second great game with some more great running from Nick who scored in the corner.
This match finished St. Mary's 3 Merchiston 0
The third and final game saw Euan being a good sportsman and he changed his colours to play the first half for Merchiston, which he did so with the same venom as he does for St. Mary's, much to their disappointment! St. Mary's, again managed some great passages of play in both attack and defence, allowing Nick to score twice taking his tally for the day to 6. This was followed by some sustained Merchiston pressure on the St. Mary's line, helped out this time by Tom in the second half, which allowed Merchiston to cross the St. Mary's whitewash for the final try of the day.
This match finished St. Mary's 2 Merchiston 1
For the first competitive game of the season and the first time playing contact for some of the boys, it was very pleasing to see the amount of talent and potential there is in this team. We will never be the biggest team but we may certainly be the quickest and most skilful!
Well done boys on a great performance!
Jules Birdsall, 14/09/2017