Ross Sutherland v Muntly U16
First game of season for Muntly U16s
Sunday 28th August saw the start of the new season for the U16s get underway with an away trip to Invergordon to play Ross Sutherland. This was the first time many of the Muntly players had played together with quite a percentage of the team making their debut for the U16s.
Unfortunately this told in the first half with Ross going into an unassailable lead in the first period. The Muntly team struggled to cope with the strong, aggressive running lines from the Ross players. Tries were shipped quite cheaply,with Muntly's defence marked as absent. This certainly was down to the players trying to get used to their new team mates and the pace and aggression of the game at U16 level. As the first half wore on Muntly's defence certainly started to tighten and Ross had to work hard to break the Muntly lines.
At this point Muntly started to get some good attacking ball of their own and threatened the Ross try line on numerous occasions. However no tries came in this tough first half for the spirited Muntly team.
Encouraged by their showing at the end of the first half, the Muntly lads were ready to give Ross a hard time in the second half. This they certainly did. By now the Muntly lads were gelling well as a team and were competing well at the breakdown and scrums. This allowed the players to get more time with the ball and started to surge through the Ross defensive lines. The first score for Muntly was scored by their captain Paul van West. Following a sustained attack, firstly through the strong running of the Muntly forwards, the backs then took the ball deep into the Ross 22. The ball was recycled back to the forwards who made inroads to the Ross try line. The attack came to a sudden halt near the try line when Ewan Casburn was stopped by an illegal tip tackle. A penalty was awarded and Muntly's quick thinking captain van West took an early tap and dived into the corner before Ross could organise their defence.
Muntly scored again soon after, a great break out of their own 22 by the now confident players, saw the ball pass between a number of hands before van West touched down in the corner again.
The pace of the game and the heat of the day were starting to tell on both teams now. A lapse by the now strong Muntly defence, allowed Ross to score under the posts.
Muntly, determined to finish well, scored the last try of the day. Again the ball started deep in the Muntly half. The ball was carried forward by the hard running Muntly pack, straight into the heart of the Ross lines. After several storming runs and breakdowns the ball was transferred to the backs who carried the ball deep into the Ross 22 with some excellent evasive running lines and great use of the ball out of the tackle.The ball was moved from one side of the pitch to the other onto Jake Devlin who took the ball on a pace and crashed over for a fantastic team try.
Muntly paid for their slow start, but certainly came into the game and finished the game the stronger of the sides. Many positives to be taken from this game and the coaches are confident with more time together this will be a very strong, competitive team.
Squad: Paul van West (capt), Charlie Burgoyne, Lee Innes, Daniel Cotton, Ruaraidh Murray, Alex MacDonald, Calum Parkin, Bruce Burgoyne, Fergus Nicol, Alex Logie, Ewan Casburn, Adam Christie, StJohn Lockey, Jack Calam, Kashie Hanna, Jake Devlin