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U11a Rugby v Belhaven Hill 

This week’s fixture was a significant one in the Michaelmas calendar, Belhaven on the home turf. Belhaven are a punchy side who are slick in attack and ferocious in defence, playing some clinical and efficient rugby.

Belhaven won the toss and kicked off, immediately scoring a try, from great running down the left wing. However, this didn’t shake the boys, but only encouraged them further and we scored next, off some wonderful passing and supporting rugby.

As the first half went on, both teams had huge chances to score, but with a cold, wet and slippy ball, knock-ons became a bit of a play stopper, with Belhaven clocking up a few more than us. This allowed us back into the game, and by the time the half time whistle went, it was 3 – 2 to Belhaven, with all to play for.

As the second half whistle went, our boys applied the pressure and expressed their real hunger to win. We tightened up our defence, and diversified our attack, utilising deep, cross-field kicks in order to cultivate on the available space. Both kicks were scooped up and scored off! Furthermore, on the tackling side of things, the boys showed real heart, making some mammoth hits and really applying line speed. This combined with some excellent supporting play and footwork, allowed us to nip in and out of their Belhaven wall, culminating in a last minute try in the corner.
The lads showed incredible heart today, and a true desire to win. I think what led to our win, was the diverse techniques being utilised in attack. Footwork, offload’s quick ball, and kicks paved the way forward. If we keep building and believing in ourselves, we will find ourselves on the right side of many more victories over the coming weeks.

Player of the Match: Barney
Final Score:
St Mary’s 6 Belhaven 5
Team: Lochie, Finlay, Fergus, Hector, Nic, William E, Daniel, Barney, Dino, Gregor.

 


Marnie Harvey, 18/11/2019

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