Matlock continue strange dip in form.
Matlock U15 15 pts Sheffield Tigers U15 17pts.
This was a very close game played in very wet and cold conditions.Therefore well done for providing a good match. Sheffield throughout the game out rucked a strangely subdued Matlock pack which gave them the greater possession and opportunities.
Matlock appeared to be more interested in blaming anything but themselves for the lack of possesion and with good defence being shown by the Tigers Matlock struggled to sustain any attacks.
Mid way through the first half the Tigers No 10 attacked the line and fond his way through and despite a good tackle in the Matlock 22 the move continued and resulted in a converted try. Similarly 5 minutes later the hole appeared in the Matlock defence and another 5 points were added.
The next play was the best rugby Matlock played all morning with once typical drives and ball retention followed by a change of attack in the backs where another quick ball was won rel;easing Burns on the left with for him a reasonably simple 20 metre run.
So at half time Matlock trailed 12-7 but more worrying was the lack of belief in what needed to be done including greater effort and taking of responsibility.
The second half began and continued with Matlock doing well in the set pieces but they kept losing the ball which put pressure on the backs who in turn didn't show much enterprise or direction.The effort was there just misfiring or misdirected somehow.
Tigers were the next to score outflanking Matlock on the teh left and there seemed no way back for Matlock.
The ball was being moved despite the conditions to the wings who were always dangerous but good defence and lack of support was keeping them out until Wallis was able to find some space wide on the right to score in the corner. Then with 5 minutes to go Burns forced his way over from 30 metres despite several attempted tackles. He in turn took the kick which just fell short from teh touchline.
Despite even more effort Matlock were unable to breach teh defences again and fell 2 points short of teh Tigers total who were very pleased to have turned round recent results winning and deservedly so.
Several points were discussed pre training on tuesday and in the practice some of the measures seemed to be back in place. We'll see on Sunday as we welcome Ashfield to Cromford.