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U11 Rugby v Merchiston Castle

Wednesday 31st October

This Wednesday, the U11s, myself, George and Mr Rutherford made the swift commute to Edinburgh for our weekly fixture at Merchiston Castle. We were playing on the lovely and scenic Pringle house pitches, set within what used to be a walled garden, or so I believe.
The A’s game proved to be a classic game of try tennis, with Merchiston scoring the first two very quickly followed by one of ours. This pattern of scoring continued throughout the rest of the match and displayed to us coaches that both sides were quite evenly matched; on the whole tackling right across the board from both schools was reasonable but could have been tighter.

As a team we played some great rugby, there were really positive moments, for example Lochie, carving up with his characteristic footwork, closely followed by Ewan who’s change of direction is becoming ever more effective. Blair made some excellent runs, his confidence on ball growing every week. Nic, made some really savoury runs, and for me the biggest difference in his game is his vocal contribution, i.e. chatting more and organising the attacking and defensive lines.

The second half was a much closer affair, and the standard of play improved significantly from both sides. The breakdowns were more contested and a wider variety of skills was displayed such as exit play kicks and cross field kicks. Merchiston played a beauty of the latter which almost resulted in a try, but an unfortunate knock on led to a turnover in our favour. The try tennis continued, but Josh maintained his integrity in the centre at 10 and worked his socks off throughout the entire match. Tristan showed some razzle dazzle, making good ground from utilising some neat footwork. Henry was a mammoth in attack and defence and, made sure he did his best to effect the breakdown as positively as possible. Our other big unit, Isaac B showed off his ever increasing confidence and power, making surging runs into the opposition, making great yards, pulling in the Merchi defence.

By the end of the very tight fixture, Merchiston had come out on top, winning by one try. The game was superb to watch and the quality of rugby from both teams was excellent. The shape of the game is really taking hold and the roles and responsibilities of each player are becoming more concrete. Well done to all the boys who took part, and thank you to Merchiston for hosting us so well and all the parents who took time to watch; in particular Mr Jackson who drove some of our boys to and from Edinburgh.

Final Score: St Mary’s 9 – Merchiston 10
Man of the Match: Henry


Marnie Harvey, 05/11/2018

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