Disappointing loss at local rivals
Back down to Earth with a bump or two!
Hopes were high after two strong performances in the Cup that we could go to Gosport and get a result. However, the weather was awful and our play in the first half was just as bad. It was as if they didn’t want to play. There were several players complaining that they were cold, so please make sure they have plenty of layers for days like these. I didn’t hear any complaints from the Gosport lads so they either had prepared better or wanted the win more.
To be fair, the wind and rain were in our faces in the first half and our kicks weren’t gaining much territory but to concede six tries without getting on the score board was very disappointing. If this had been a Cup game it would have ended after twenty minutes.
There were some positives to take from the half. The scrum was holding up and was equal to Gosport’s; something that could not be said in our two previous meetings this season. There were also some planned and some forced positional changes. Isaac was filling in at full back and did a great job in those conditions and James who had moved to inside centre was putting in plenty of tackles.
I missed a fair amount of the second half due to attending to injuries. From what I saw and what the other coaches/parents said, this was a totally different performance. Big tackles from Oscar and Dom rocked a couple of the Gosport players and made them think twice about running again. Dom and Oscar also combined well for Heathen’s first try. A barnstorming run from Dom almost made it over the line but with Oscar in close support the ball was picked up and Oscar had his first try this season. Well done!
I did manage to witness our second try. Some good handling in midfield saw Heathens moves the ball to the right wing where Will had looped round from fly half to take the ball on Gosport’s 10 metre line. There was still a lot of work to do but hand offs on their winger and full back allowed Will to score mid-way to the posts. James’ conversion went to the left so the score was 42-10.
Hopes of keeping Gosport pointless in the second half evaporated as a few injuries took their toll. Josh and Jayden both needed treatment and with Connor J off the field feeling unwell, Gosport were able to score two late tries. This was a shame and it is clear to see the difference between a team that can send out 22 as opposed to 16. James also took a blow to the head on the final play and was sent to hospital to get checked out. A few weeks of rest now and we wish him a successful recovery. Also, a big welcome back to Harrison after his long injury lay off.
Final score was 56-10. For me and the other coaches this was a wasted opportunity. If we had turned up in the first half who knows what the score and result could have been?