MRFC U14s; MRFC Marauders 43 v Bolton School 12
Good Team Performance Against Sizeable Opposition from Rugby League Country
We welcomed a touring team from Bolton to Spring Lane this afternoon. There is always a sense of heightened anticipation playing a team for the first time. With the Barbarians game off a number of players re-routed to Malvern, so there was a bumper turn out.
Malvern started well, putting Bolton under pressure, a penalty close to the line ensuing. The ball was moved side to side across the pitch, seemingly no way through, until Will L burst onto the ball at a great angle to catch the defenders wrong footed, 1-0 (5-0).
Malvern scored again, stealing a Bolton line out, quick hands to Hamish, who knocked over a couple of defenders on another of his strong runs, 2-0 (12-0). The third Malvern try was courtesy of Josh O, out on the wing, with a quick run after a good break, 3-0 (17-0).
The tourists got on the board with a good break of their own, and a wonderful dummy, bought by everyone, making for an easy run in, 3-1 (17-7). The value of turnover ball (Eddie Jones take note) was demonstrated yet again, when Malvern stole the ball at a ruck, the ball moving quickly to Hamish, 4-1 (24-7). Bolton kept at it, and it took some very good tackling, especially by Cookie and Max , to keep them out. Bolton did score a second try, a catch and drive from a line out proving too difficult to defend, 4-2 (24-12).
Malvern extended the lead again, from a scrum the ball moved out to the backs, a huge miss pass from Hamish to Ben G, to Will B on the wing, 5-2 (29-12). Hamish got his hat trick courtesy of a long run and another couple of very powerful hand offs, 6-2 (36-12). With Bolton now tiring Malvern completed the scoring with some good quick hands seeing the ball move along the backs to Will B who had a relatively easy run in, 7-2 (43-12).
Despite the Bolton forwards being larger, some brave defence and good ball handling skills won the day. With the backs that we have now, and the bravery and technique of the forwards, particularly in winning turnover, the Marauders are developing into a tidy outfit.
Many thanks to Neil for the write up and Bolton School for this fixture, they were a good crowd on game day, and in the clubhouse watching the internationals the previous day.