U11A St. Mary's v Merchiston

Wednesday, Nov 1st

This Wednesday we faced Merchiston for the fourth time this term. Merchiston always prove themselves to be a very able team, with beautiful handling skills and spatial awareness. These skills were still evident this week, however the wet and slippery conditions hindered their game plan to an extent.
In contrast we played a more physical game, with emphasis on winning at the break down and shorter, tighter passing. This on the whole has worked well for us, however, if we cast our minds back a few weeks ago to the Loretto 7s, Merchiston’s game was superior to ours. All was to play for!

The start of the first half was tight and both teams played strong rugby against each other. Merchi had kick off and ran well, however handling errors were the bane of the Edinburgh side which resulted in many scrums going in our favour, this combined with some outstanding rucking which led to many turn over balls allowed us to gain a healthy upper hand by three trys by half time. Mitchell at Scrum half controlled the game well and made some super passes. Henry came on from the bench and showed off his beautiful footwork in attack. Ed Stephen ran with great ferocity whilst Tristan’s defence was robust with some very healthy rucking.

The second half was slightly scrappier with more handling errors from our lads than the Merchi boys, who had tightened up their passing game, utilising a narrower line. Stewart and Tristan displayed great defensive ability, and in particular their composure at the break down was super and very effective. Geordie ran really well in offence, drawing in Merchiston players before shipping the ball out to John T, Ollie and Josh, who were all carving up in attack, and defending very strongly, coming out of the back line at pace, closing down opposition play. Furthermore, John I played an outstanding game, showing real vision and talent in all aspects of the sport, from outstanding tackling and rucking, to creative passing and running healthy lines which resulted in a brace of tries.

George came on at half time and held his own very well in the A fixture, he was a great presence in defence and worked in well with the back line, extending it wider when not taking his place as prop in the row.

A big thank you and well done to Merchiston for their excellent sportsmanship and conduct throughout the game. They played some wonderful, mature running rugby and we strive to emulate this quality in our own performances.

Well done to Mitchell on his first “screamer of the season”, which came from lovely footwork off a ruck on the Merchiston line.
A healthy score from Josh which resulted from a very juicy offload from Stewart, which allowed Josh to touch down in the Annie Road corner.
A try from Tristan sniping off the ruck on the Merchiston line, where we had been held up twice before.
Two from John I, which came from super speed and strength in running and hitting the gaps in the Merchiston line.

Final Score St Mary’s 5 – Merchiston 0
Mr Brown 

Marnie Harvey, 02/11/2017

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