Better... but not better enough
It has been a tough start to the season for the U12s this year and whilst the results didn't go our way again today it was a big step forward.
A trip down to Droitwich saw us take on Breedon and then Droitwich.
The coaches were keen for the boys to take more responsibility for their defensive and attacking positions, splitting the team in to forwards and backs. By nominating half backs we also hoped to try and control the tempo more and to get more direction from within the team.
First up were Breedon, who showed us how to play physical rugby. Their commitment at the breakdown meant we were often driven back off our own ball, leading to them scoring tries too easily on the counter attack. The half time team talk focused on the ruck and tackle - 2 areas we had been well below par at.
The second half saw a much tougher Bournville performance, with several players stepping up in their defensive duties. An overall score of 5-1 to Breedon.
The boys then took on Droitwich, who we know are a traditionally good team. The rucking was better and this allowed us to play more of our all-court game. However, we have to be careful of high tackles and we have to ensure that the whole team make their tackles, not just relying on key players to do the hard graft. The same applies for attack; we can play some brilliant rugby, but we are also guilty of holding on to the ball for too long and not making use of players who are open. 3-2 to Droitwich in a game we should really at least have drawn.
The positives are that the team are communicating better and are starting to set their position in defence and attack of their own accord. There was some very good play and if we can protect our ball and make our tackles, we will be a difficult team to play against.
Forwards who deserve a special mention for their efforts in difficult circumstances include Oli C, Seb and Charlie. In the backsFreddie and Christo ran hard and we are starting to develop some talent at half back and centre. We are not a million miles away from a strong team but we are just missing some basics and a bit of grunt. It will come.
Match report by Jim Dufty