"Attack sells tickets, defence wins games"
U12s still learning this lesson.
"Attack sells tickets, defence wins games." And that’s what our U12s need to understand. This could not have been better demonstrated than in a match played by an outstanding Ireland side, who beat the All Blacks again..... and how did they do it? Player for player they were tougher, more committed and played as a complete team. What we could learn from Ireland....
Bromsgrove came to Bournville up for a win, and they got it. They played as a team, rucked hard and attacked quickly off their ball. It took us too long to work this out on the field and step up. We must protect our own ball and attack opposition ball. You cannot run individually against a well organised team and expect to score. Too often we were isolated against a team who were more committed than us. Beautiful offloads are a
wonderous thing, speculative balls thrown in to thin air are not. Today was a day where we had to match a team in defence and then add our flair in attack. We only managed that for one quarter. We did not defend well enough and hence the attack fell apart.
There were some good, tough performances out there. But they were too few. Teams are getting tougher and better organised; harder to break down. And We need to understand that. Beat them at their game, then let our play take over. That’s how we will win. Get the very basics right, then add the style and flair.
The one player we will mention is Man of the Match Rory Close. Grit, determination, commitment. As said earlier, there were some good performances but Rory stood out. Well done.
Match report / lesson by James Dufty