A weakened Blackburn U9's went into their last game of the season against a Trafford team who had also posted some impressive results.
With several players absent Blackburn U9's still went into todays fixture full of confidence after last weeks back to back victories. During the early exchanges the Blackburn pack made good ground although a well drilled Trafford defence held firm. It was several minutes into the game before a foreceful drive by George made progress deep into the Trafford half. A pass to Cameron who found Ben out wide eventually allowed the U9's to score the first try of the game.
It was George on hand again to make progress upfield. From the resulting maul clever play by Donovan wrong footed the Trafford defence and he was able to add to the Blackburn score. Almost immediately however, Trafford hit back with a try of their own following several missed tackles.
Following further Trafford pressure a strong tackle by Cormac on his opponent presented Blackburn with the chance to clear their lines. From the resulting line out however Zach forced his way up field and scored a good individual try. Moments later a ball steel in midfield put Ben in at the corner to increase Blackburn's lead. Only some last ditch defence by Trafford prevented Blackburn from scoring again after a run by Max and a pass to Ben. It was Trafford however who scored the last try of the half to make the half time score 4 : 2.
The second half opened with good pressure by Blackburn. Eventually a pass by Donovan to Ben unlocked the Trafford defence to make the score 5 : 2. From the restart a ball steel by George allowed Nathan to make a good run down field before Ben eventually finished off the move.
Two further tries by Trafford in the closing stages made the score look more respectable for the home team. The final score 6 : 4.
In parts this was another excellent performance by the U9's although better retention of the ball and a stint on the tackle bags will set them up perfectly for their end of season tournament at Kenilworth. Lets see if we can end a brilliant season with some silverware.