U11A v Cargilfield

 Wednesday 11th Oct

The big fixture was upon us. When facing Cargilfield, one is guaranteed both a mentally and physically demanding match which stretches the limits and abilities of every boy on the field.

We began very strongly indeed and played some slick and clinical rugby, moving the ball well and competing actively and aggressively at the breakdowns. We defended very well and managed to stem off the Cargilfield tide when they were in possession, through some outstanding tackling and defensive structure.
We managed to snaffle up two healthy try’s in the first half to one Cargilfield try. It must be noted playing into a low and very bright sun did not help the handling of the Cargilfield players. This combined with the boys taking their foot off the gas led to a difficult second half for us, however.

Cargilfield came back hungry for victory, and they did this through playing a far more structured and aggressive second half. They competed better at the rucks than us and shipped the ball wider, utilising their overlaps whilst we were getting sucked into the breakdown. This resulted in Cargilfield scoring four very well deserved try’s.


Despite this, the boy’s heads never went down, and we continued to work at a sound level, just not at full throttle. We offered good competition and made some super runs, but were unable to get ourselves over the line.

I have taken away many coaching points from this week’s fixture, which include, applying some footwork before taking contact, if in doubt, take the contact and go forward or make an early pass whilst moving forward, not backwards or sideways. Furthermore, providing greater breakdown support and taking responsibility at all times, in every aspect of the game.

Final Score St Mary’s 2 – Cargilfield 5
The boys deserve a restful half term and we face Merchiston at home on the 1/11/2017, which will be another good, competitive match.



Marnie Harvey, 12/10/2017

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