It is always a good feeling to get an early win under your belt at the start of the season to settle the nerves and bring confidence to the team. We dominated the game from start to finish averaging a try almost every 3 minutes of play. The challenge I set the boys prior to kick off was to make their one-on-one tackles; in rugby, if you win this battle you will more than likely go on to win the match. We played a very simple game of competing at every ruck and running straight attacking lines, forcing our opponents to make tackles. At this level if you play 2 or 3 phases the gaps will soon open up and are there to be exploited. As we grew into the game and with confidence rising we began to move the ball down the line, dragging the defence across the pitch before quickly rewinding and attacking the open side of the field. There were moments when St Christopher’s caused us problems, most notably when their nippy winger got his hands on the ball, so work on our defensive line will be in order on Friday.
The three matches leading up to Christmas will be purely focused on performance and doing the basics well. If we can master that then the season can really begin in January. We have the makings of a good team and if they continue to put in the same amount of effort on the training field then we could be in for a successful season.
Jake M was named captain of the side and he certainly lead by example by communicating with his troops and hitting every ruck in sight. Liban and Louis played their roles of scrum half and fly half very well with the latter clearly excited to be wearing the same match shirt that his older brother, Zac, used to wear! Antony, Luca, Alex and Sonny were our go to men when we wanted to make ground and they always put us on the front foot. Last but not least, our pocket rockets, Alistair, Jake D and Dhruv found plenty of space out wide and were always on hand to exploit the narrow St Christopher’s defence.
Overall, I was very pleased with the performance and how well the boys applied themselves. Of course there are things that need to improve but that is why we play a full season, to make improvements with each game and finish the year as better rugby players than when we started. Well done boys; an excellent start and a solid platform to build from.
Copthorne 12 – 4 St. Christopher’s
Try scorers: Luca 4, Louis 3, Jake M 2, Antony 2 and Alex