On an afternoon when even Jack Frost and Brass Monkeys thought it too cold to come out to play the Under 10’s made the long journey down the A24 for a small triangular tournament.
1st Game v Brambletye. Won 9-3
I missed most of the first half from this game as I was attending to the many injured bodies from Windlesham who had just beaten Brambletye in the opening fixture of the afternoon, just call me Florence Nightingale – Mrs Persad thankfully brought me up to speed and we conceded the first try of the match before we then got into our stride and scored 5 unanswered tries through, Luke x3, Matthew and Wesley. The second half continued in the same manner as Nicholas x2, William and Luke completed the scoring to give the boys a well deserved 9-3 victory
2nd Game v Windlesham. Won 6-0
As our second game kicked off the Brambletye coach came over to me and said he was going to make his boys watch how our boys played the game, especially the quality of our counter rucking as they were on a different level to his boys. Once again the boys looked in complete control and quickly raced into the lead in a match that was reduced to 8 mins a half due to the dropping temperatures. Tries from Wesley, William and Nicholas gave us a 3-0 lead at half time. The boys continued to show their strength as Sam R x2 and Wesley rounded of the scoring for the afternoon.
So two comfortable victories but there are still things I would like to see an improvement on for the rest of the season particularly our defensive line as two of the tries that we conceded today came when we didn’t move up as a unit and thus creating holes in our defence.
I am a very happy coach as we have notched up 3 wins from 3 games, but I also want to challenge the boys to keep working hard on their skills both as individuals but more importantly as a team. Every boy played their part today in difficult conditions from Sam P with his leadership, Archie with his strength carrying the ball, Ruari with his energy in the first game, James’s pace and power to Matthew who is always willing to put his body on the line to those try scorers mentioned earlier.
Squad: Sam P (c), Sam R, Wesley, Nicholas C, Archie, Matthew B, Luke F, Ruari, William C, James V.
Once again thank you to the parents for came down to support the boys on a very cold afternoon. Next week a local derby against Cottesmore.