It doesn’t matter how long I have been doing this job there is always a buzz of excitement at the start of a new season and so was the case this year. New rules from the RFU with single age groups was always going to be a challenge for us and many prep schools and so it proved. 14 boys to select from for a XIII a side game doesn’t leave a lot of room for manoeuvre especially when one of the group is away ill! Training had gone well as we worked at the new rules with no kicking for touch and no line out, set moves became even more important. Losing another player to A&E at lunch time did not help the player number situation. The game became 12 a side with a number of players playing out of planned positions.
What a game ensued as it became apparent that the two sides were evenly matched. 2 tries to 1 at the break allowed us to change our tactics using Zac as a decoy and others stepping up saw us make a great come back eventually winning 4 tries to 3. I was impressed that the remnants of last year’s team continued to progress with Kieron tackling anything that moved and Zevon once again pinching opposition ball at the set. Luke and Josh were a revelation as they consistently broke tackles together with Beau and Bradley punching far above their weight. Freddie began to grow in confidence carrying the ball with greater purpose, Nick K throwing dummies to create space. The two new boys to the team, Jonathan and Nick H, played with more assurance as the game progressed. However, Kye picked up an early injury which curtailed his contribution.
A great way to start the season especially encouraging by the way they played as a team and supported each other making it a real team win.
I am sure all of you who watched will join me in wishing the young lad from Christopher’s all the best for a swift recovery and thank you to Mrs Hawes and Matron for their help.