Middlesbrough RUFC

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U16s V Mowden Park Match Report

by John Burridge

The Wiley old Silver Fox tries his hand at match reporting. Martin Mavin quaking in his boots!! A thoroughly entertaining game, with great performances from Wincey's Boys

U16s v Mowden Pk Sunday 30th Oct 2011

The lie in didn’t appear to have made everyone more sprightly, and Sam N was still last here at Tollesby despite living the nearest.

We were to be ably assisted by 6 of Winceys best.

We started with warm up variation No62 in an attempt to find one that gets the boys on the front foot from the off.

The gentle game of self reffed touch started as described, with a break for some gentle stretching, Bellys backswing looked in good order, no doubt sending shivers down the spines of the opposition back row. We upped the tempo, did more rigorous stretching, then split into forwards & backs.

The stand-in coach took the new look backs, with Nath just stepping off a plane from Hong Kong, and Sam G, having just completed the coast to coast cycle ride with Will (very well done to Will, tremendous achievement) and wanting to test his shoulder, they were to form the attacking axis at 10 & 12, if it didn’t work for Jonno playing 2 fly halfs at 10 & 12 it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t work for us.

(variation on last sentence) If it can work for the Aussies with Cooper at 10 & Barnes at 12 then it can work for us.

Anyway it did.

Off we go, and generous to a fault we give them the ball, the recipient must have been called Moses, as he parted the red sea, straight through from half way, under the posts, the conversion not as successful as that of St Paul, more a ‘james hook’ (wales v france ?)

This score had more effect than the warm up, and we worked our way upfield, giving the ball away then winning it back, and scored our 1st try when Ben put on great presssure from a fumble We scored again through Norts and then they pulled one back . Good handling, albeit along a flat static line allowed Jake F enough space to score towards the corner, a well finished try from a quickly taken tap penalty.

Mowden kicked well, using the wind to push us back into our own half, and after retrieving the ball several times, and running it back strongly Sam N needed to be put on oxygen, with Jake R (?) taking his place.

(to continue the biblical theme) Jake (aka David) never took a backward step against the many Goliaths in the Mowden team, his tackling, and overall commitment was inspiring, with no little skill, and a good try to round off a very complete performance.

17-10 up at half time, and with the wind to help us (well at least to prevent Mowden punishing us with long kicks downfield).

The remaining changes were made, and we started to play with a bit more verve, moving the ball well, and endeavouring to keep it away from the Mowden pack that was considerably bigger than ours.

There was a lot of good rugby, with both teams playing to their strengths, Mowden threatened on occasion with their big pacey runners, and their full back got them out of trouble with some good running, and fast feet to get past defenders.

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One clever piece of play involved Sam G kicking through, and with support caught the defender, turned the ball over, and in the ‘jackle’ position passed through his legs to Jake R to score, a great piece of improvisation.

Sam G obviously enjoying himself ignored a 3 man overlap to set himself up to take, and score a drop goal, just in case Mowden came back, it was 38-10 at the time !!!!!

In the end we scored 4 tries in the 2nd half, but Mowden persevered, and with the last play broke through again with their pace to have the final say in the game.

Our handling and support was good, supporting players worked well off the ball, and in a lot of cases we played the type of rugby we needed to against a much bigger team.

All 6 of the u15s made good contributions to the team, and their presence much appreciated by the 16s.

Ben was solid, and his covering in the 1st half was a great benefit to Sam N, and the theatrical set up to appear to go to kick, and then dummy would have made his brother proud of his acting skills.

Nathan N in his 2nd game for us he got the opportunity to get to the breakdown 1st (no Bambi this time) and he turned over several balls, and his link play, as well as his tackling were 1st class.

However my man of the match goes to Harry D who, playing at No8 in the 1st half, and prop in the 2nd never stopped, his presence in both attack, and defence was strong throughout, making breaks, tackles, driving rucks, and support play, very well done

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