Under 13 report v Lowestoft & Yarmouth
Score 1-17 (tries)
For our first game of 2020, after the Christmas Break one never knows quite how the boys are going to be? However, from the off they were keen, eager and hungry to get back to rugby! Many of the squad having never visited Lowestoft & Yarmouth, there was a sense of excitement and nervousness. On a beautiful January day we were privileged to enjoy great hosts and kind weather.
We started the morning with an active warm up, with some light touch, passing and scrum work and in particular on where the backs set depending on scrum position.
Lowestoft & Yarmouth were a few short of a full squad, so agreed that we would play 11-a-side the game was started and the Norwich boys got off to a lively and encouraging start, with the first try being scored within minutes.
Norwich seemed to be enjoying the New Year, as upon receiving the ball they were off again straight into attack. The opposition defended well, with some good tackles being offered but our forwards kept fighting for the ball and off out to the backs for another run and score.
The boys were encouraged during the warm up to try and use the full width of the pitch and to remain in position. At times, this was executed superbly but tended to drift in towards the ball and hence out of position, so something to work on in training.
The first half continued to be dominated by Norwich with great awareness from Scrum Half Joel, distributing the ball well some great tackling from Juneau, Conrad and Kenzo. Strong runs from the forwards with Ronnie and Sonny showing their strength, but need to work on presenting and retaining the ball.
The half time whistle blew with one of L&Y’s players having suffered the impact of Ronnie, with both having to leave the pitch for assessment, which took the opponents down to 9 players. In the true spirit of Rugby, Juneau and Tyrnan offered to join L&Y (which worried a few of our boys!), and after the break we continued at 11-a-side.
The second half was a classic example of being well ahead at half time, and positions, passing and support became somewhat sloppy but considering the changing of positions and numbers could be one of the reasons! However, over the coming months one of the key areas in training will be position education and to constantly be scanning the field of play for position and what each player should be doing.
L&Y played some good flowing rugby, and with a few strong runners at times looked like they would break the Norwich defence, however with the strong tackles Norwich were soon to turn over and the tries kept coming.
Ollie showed huge dexterity and joined the second row, along with Jett ( who initially looked like Maro Itoje during a ruck, with his head fully above the second row!!!!), great to see Ollie back after an extended rest through injury, his eagerness and willingness to run forwards was welcomed back.
The boys (and parents and coaches) were enjoying this, the big runners kept breaking the line and finding the gaps, the score kept racking up. Full credit to L&y, they kept fighting, tackling and having a go. Full credit to them, and great to see a team that struggled for numbers back on the scene. I am sure they will build over the coming months.
With the game in the bag, the Norwich boys relaxed somewhat, and L&Y broke through and scored a well deserved try (must have been Juneau and Tiernan’s support!!!!).
In the final moments, Joel made an intelligent sneaky run up the blind side, Jett came through the ruck in reverse and Jack was spotted randomly laughing about we quite know what, that’s a story for another day and Kenzo claimed to have scored 5 tries although no one remembers any of them!!!
Overall, a great start to 2020 with a confidence boosting game where the boys seem pleased to be back and eager for next week. In reality, the squad are showing a lot potential and with some hard work and bit of “back to basics” in training, should be the beginning of interesting start to the second half of the season. We all know the target, now the hard work needs to be put in to get there. After today’s performance, this is entirely possible and there is a feeling of “we can do” from the parents through to the boys. Keep up the great work, and as we mentioned today, it’s all about having FUN!!!!!
On a Final note, credit must go to the Norwich Line Ref, Neil Reeds who was excellent in all accounts, thank you. There are rumours that he received the “birdie” from a Norwich coach, whom we have now educated that “one minute left” should not be indicated in this fashion! Thanks Liney, keep up the good work.
Thank You to all who attended, great day spent doing what we all love.
Man of the Match- Joel