U12 Supermarine 0 v 50 MRFC
U12s take control in Swindon
Marlborough were welcomed by Supermarine today to play a four quarter 'friendly' format. A damp and dreary November morning didn't inhibit a great turnout by the visitors, including Charlie K, playing his first game for Marlborough. Welcome Charlie!
Conscious of previous encounters with Supermarine, coaches and parents were expecting a tough morning against well drilled and talented squad of rugby players. Consequently our coaches got the squad well warmed up and drilled with a 'team first' game plan by the time kick off came at 10:00. From the start, Marlborough were securing good possession at the breakdown, distributing the ball at pace and gaining territory from powerful runs in the midfield. Within a few minutes, Supermarine were stunned by a flurry of tries from the visitors. It became clear that Supermarine were not the force they were in recent encounters. By the break Marlborough were leading the hosts by five unanswered tries.
The second quarter was less convincing however. Despite the substitutions, our game plan fell apart and the team started to get white line fever. The plan to play as a team, selflessly, didn't apply any more and it seem like we had 12 crash centres on the pitch with a reluctance to graft for first phase possession. The under-par home team disrupted Marlborough who at this stage should have been walking away with the game. Only one try came from the second period.
The last two quarters began to improve following some break-time coaching. In spite of a slippery ball, passing accuracy improved and extra width started to open up the game. Supermarine found their mojo at periods and came close to the Marlborough try line but were turned over and cleared well through tenacious tackling. One more try came Marlborough's way from a frustrating quarter.
The final quarter was an improvement as the 'team first' game-plan started to sink in. Marlborough finally looked as dangerous as they did at the start and they closed out the game with well worked possession, width and forward momentum. The final score at the whistle was ten tries to nil.
The score today was not important. Of course a whitewash gives some indication the talent we have in the squad but the coaches are keen to build 'teamwork' over solo performances. When we meet tougher opposition this will be vital.
Archie B, Archie T, Ben M, Charlie C, Charlie K, Freddie A, Guy S, Harry P, Jacob B, Jacob J, Jack R, Jake J, James F, James L, Matthew N, Max P, Ollie LB, Tom T.