Gateshead RFC U10’s v Blaydon RFC U10’s
Firstly the Blaydon team would like to thank Gateshead for the warm welcome we received on Sunday and we look forward to playing them this Sunday.
After two wins on the bounce an element of anticipation was in the air as to what the game had in store for us, would we be able to maintain our winning form. We welcomed back Daniel J and James O but unfortunately were without our MOM from the previous match, Lewis H, through injury.
We started the game in the same way as the first two trying to feel our way into the match, there forward pack putting pressure on us straight away. The ball broke from the maul for their forward to slip away and drive over for the try. At this point it seemed as though the Blaydon players weren’t up for the battle to control the ball as the game was restarted. The game was played on a tighter pitch resulting in space being at a premium and the game was played predominantly through the forwards. This was a very stern test of a forwards abilities and determination as Gateshead have a very good and strong forward pack. As our coach said as they were playing ‘their forwards are as hard a bell rock’. However our forwards to a man dealt with everything that they could throw at us and the pressure started to tell, with our forwards starting to win some of the battles in the rucks and mauls. After a period of change in control of the ball as both sets of forwards competed for the ball the ball broke for Gateshead and they drove through made a couple of quick passes out the their winger and he touched down in the corner for their second try. This if anything spurred the Blaydon team into action as they all realised they were in a game. Everyone on the Blaydon team started to play as a team and started to apply consistent pressure on Gateshead when they had the ball. The Blaydon team turned over ball passed the ball out quickly to the backs and we drove through only to be pushed out five meters from the Gateshead try line. From the line out Gateshead won the ball but through pressure from Blaydon as a team we drove them back into their own try area and stole the ball and Jak T touched down for Blaydon’s first try.
Half Time: Gateshead 10 v Blaydon 5
After a short break to go over improving the protection of the ball and being more physical in the breakdown the players were called for the second half. Blaydon started off a lot better than the first and started to create clean ball for the backs to feed off. Daniel J was back with his usual brand of ball stripping and this resulted in the second try . The ball was stripped from the Gateshead player and quickly fed out to Tom who drove through the defence and slipped the ball out to Jak T to drive over for a try. The game flowed from end to end as each team tried with develop a foothold, credit should go out to both sets of players for the determination and commitment showed during the game. As both teams started to slow it was left to Jak T with his electric speed to produce a sole effort running three quarters of the length of the pitch to touch down. No, wait, the try was disallowed as the ball was dropped instead of touched to the ground. A lesson for all our players to ensure the ball is grounded. However, a couple of minutes later the ball was fed our to Jak T again and this time he made no mistake with the grounding and Blaydon’s third try. Again sterling work from our forwards and back put pressure on the Gateshead team and no more tries were scored. A battling performance if not a vintage one.
FINAL RESULT: Gateshead RFC U10’s 10 v Blaydon RFC U10’s 15
MOM: William Mcloud – gave everything he had for the team and left the pitch when substituted having nothing left to give, a superb team performance.
Ran close of this by the three tries from Jak and including a superb defensive display and Ryan for his usual high standard team display.
TEAM: Ryan, Bradley, James H, Daniel, Max, William, David, Jessica, Lewis W, Jak T, Tom S, James O, Tom A and Sam C.