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U11 Rugby v Windlesham

3rd December 2016

After a week’s worth of training in sub-zero temperatures it was nice to have a little bit of sunshine but with still a chill in the air for Wednesday’s match against Windlesham. We had been working on keeping our defensive line as organised as possible for as many phases of play as possible and for a large part I think we achieved that. Last week it was our downfall, however, this week our flat line gave little away and as a result forced errors from our opponents. We dominated the majority of possession and scored a mixture of tries. Some were solo efforts, evading would be tacklers whilst others required some bulldozing through the middle with good old grunt and determination. We had also been working on moving the ball away from the contact area quickly and using the hands in the back line the stretch the opposing defence. We executed this on a few occasions and scored a couple of very good tries.

As the game was won by half time it was a good opportunity to change the team slightly and use our substitutes to keep legs fresh. Although this had a negative effect on the structure of the team and we conceded a few tries we were still strong enough to compete and go on and win the game comfortably. We continue to improve but as with all sports there is always room for improvement in all aspects of the game. One area that I was very impressed with was using the men out wide even though the ball carrier could have carried on and scored for themselves; if our player can cross the try line without getting touched then that is a good team try. I would like to see lower tackling positions and less cutting back inside next week so that will be our focus at training. Once again I was happy with the overall performance of the team and am already looking forward to next Wednesday when we take on Cottesmore at home. Well done to the 11 boys involved.

Try scorers: Luca (4), Antony (2), Louis, Jake M and Alastair