U11B Rugby v Craigclowan

 27th Nov

This week saw us again return to Perthshire for our penultimate match of the term against Craigclowan. Although fairly mild weather prevailed, the pitch condition ranged from heavy to quagmire! This made handling the ball a little difficult, and affected our top of the ground runners. 

We took the pass off to start the game and kept possession well for the initial stages. Our support play and offloads were quality, but the hosts defended well. Unfortunately, as we further probed the home defense, a long pass out was intercepted and we lost our first try. Despite this we stuck to our running and passing game and were rewarded with a good team try as we offloaded well out of the tackle. Then, the extra pace that Craigclowan seemed to have over us paid dividends as two quick tries for them followed. St. Marys came close to scoring themselves again but were thwarted with some good last ditch tackling. Buoyed by this, Craigclowan added a further try, before we did add another try from a scrum 5. However, just as we looked to be pulling ourselves right back into matters with our good handling play, our tackling started to become less effective. As a result, we lost four more tries before halftime.

After we pledged to up our defense we actually started the half well as we put in the tackles we know we can do. However, it gradually dropped off and we lost four further tries up to the mid –point of the half. Then the pendulum swung back the other way, and we rallied well scoring two really nice tries ourselves. But as we entered the latter stages of the match, our tackling slackened with two more tries conceded. We did have the last say and probably scored our best try of the match to show, ball in hand, we are a more than capable side which is pleasing. But, conditions and opposition using rolling subs aside, we know we have to be more consistent with our defense and as good as it was last week. There is always another match to look forward to, and look to improve in, and so next week we are at home to Fettes.

Mr A Rutherford

Marnie Harvey, 02/12/2019

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