U11s Hungerford Away
Tough start to the season
There was a great turnout from both teams today, allowing two teams from both sides to be fielded. The boys shared warmup drills with Hungerford before four games were played on a dry and sunny Sunday morning.
After the highs of Friday evening's floodlit festival the U11s came down to earth today against a tough, disciplined Hungerford outfit. Marlborough were forced onto the back foot from the start and found themselves defending desperately against quick hands and creative play from the opposition. Hungerford played with more aggression than Marlborough winning in most phases of the game, notably the breakdown where counter rucking forced unnecessary turnover ball and ripping of the ball in contact. Marlborough made some great runs but the Hungerford defence could comfortably deal with isolated players and ball was again conceded.
Marlborough had some good phases and showed signs of their class with tries eventually coming from more determined and creative efforts. As soon as Marlborough matched the aggression and played as a team, the flow of the games changed. Players started looking for offloads before the tackle and supporting runs improved. Tackles stuck and rucking improved as the morning went on. Players were much more committed (taking some knocks in the process) which created a more competitive show from the visitors. Sadly it came a little late to thwart the opposition but some pride was restored in the second round of matches. The coaches, players and parents all knew that today we were under par and capable of much better. There were some tired bodies out there and I’m sure Friday’s efforts had something to do with it, so its time to regroup, lick our wounds and build for the next encounter.