1st XV v Hazelwood

Lost 53 – 7

Although, on the surface, this looks like a very one sided game with Copthorne on the wrong end of a big score, nothing could be further from the truth. For the last 5 to 10 minutes of the first half we were clearly on top and had real momentum going into the second half. The score was 24 – 7 at this stage and a win was very much on the cards. Despite the weather and very cold hands, we played some very good rugby and the scores were the result of poor tackling on 3 occasions leading to unnecessary tries. All aspects of our game were significantly better than last week when we were poor.

Forwards were hitting rucks and securing ball for the backs who were running with confidence. Defence, with the notable exceptions already mentioned, was far more positive with special mention to Ben W who flattened anybody large or small who made the mistake of coming near him! Elliot led from the front with real aggression in the loose and good ball retention skills, and Josh was always a threat with his pace. Jamie has developed his box kick to good effect and James N covered well at the back. Promising runs from James W and Ian always looked threatening and with more ball and fewer basic errors from the forwards the future looked good at the half. Having done all the hard work, we then let ourselves down in the second conceding 29 points without reply. There were some good patches in the second half but giving 2 tries in the first couple of minutes meant that the game had gone. Interestingly the Hazelwood coach had told his boys at half time that they were in real danger of losing despite their lead so the half time position is not my “rose tinted” view!

Typically we now have only 1 more 15’s game at a time when we have made real progress as this was, in parts, the best performance of the season by some distance. Well done boys and I hope that you have now warmed up a it!!

JC

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