P6 Match Report
Saturday 21 February 2016
It was great to get a game outside again and re-introduce the boys to the joy of rugby in the mud on Sunday. Despite heavy underfoot conditions, all teams managed to play some expansive running rugby to entertain the crowds on the sidelines.
The Wee Reds P6s had a squad of 13 boys for the day which, as it turned out, was unlucky only for the opposing sides! In their first game, the Wee Reds fielded a very strong team to start the match and were 3-0 up by the half-way mark, with some aggressive running lines cutting the Stewarts Melville defence apart. Five players were swapped after 5 minutes and some defensive frailties allowed the StewMel boys back into the match, eventually drawing 4-4.
The Young Reds then went with the same team structure in the second game, and managed to edge it by 1 try against a tough Musselburgh side who had some elusive runners who kept our defence on its toes.
Playing Melrose, the Wee Reds lost by 1 try, again showing the critical importance of every player making first time tackles and in their final game they ran out winners by 1 try against a very physical Murrayfield Wanderers side.
What made the boys stand out against the opposition in all games was their level of organisation, their running lines and support play. Their offloading game, which has been worked on in training, paid dividends as they made line break after line break through strong running onto the ball and by keeping their shape on the pitch, allowing them to capitalise on moving the ball through hand to find the holes in the opposition defence. Communication on the pitch was also working well, again improving the fluency of their play. The boys received some great compliments from the opposition coaches and from the spectators on the touchline and the coaches are delighted at how they’re progressing.
Looking at individual players : Aidan (his line speed applied pressure on the opposition, forcing them into errors, showed great energy through every game), Marc (we’d love to know what Pam and Phillipe feed Marc on – his enthusiasm lifts the whole team and his running onto the ball broke the gain line consistently, putting the opposition side under serious pressure time after time), Conor (as always, excellent in defence and attack – covering back when we missed tackles (he really shouldn’t have to !?!) and cutting the opposition defence apart with ball in hand – some great handling and inter-play again allowed us to use the whole pitch), Kinloch (we’re used to Kinloch working hard in the tight, but he also played a nice running game on Sunday, picking tricky lines, carrying well and making good yards), Kyle (used his speed and physicality really effectively, supporting every play, ensuring we secured the ball and carrying strongly), Max H (played his pin-ball best in attack, bouncing off opposition players and using his balance and strength to keep moving forwards), Ruairi D (used his size well, nice direct running and offloading), Cameron (growing in confidence, had a few good carries and offloads in contact – supported in the ruck), Max M (showed good energy in attack and is a strong and elusive runner – Neil (keep feeding him that raw meat !), Rory (good running lines and use of space from the Birthday boy – our very own physical winger – and also worked hard in the tight), Scott (mature decision making and communication on the field kept us organised and the opposition on their toes, tackled and rucked well and chose some strong running lines), Evan (showing a tenacity and bravery that’s exceptional for a relative newcomer to rugby, elusive running and very good tackling technique), Euan (is playing with an ever increasing intensity – runs with the ball very well and his rucking and tackling show great commitment)
Thanks again to the boys for their commitment and enthusiasm, let’s keep that standard up for the rest of the season!!