N&B U14 Home Match vs North Bristol
What a comeback - a loss by the narrowest of margins!
What another fantastic effort today, reminiscent of that excellent recent match against Yatton. The boys definitely did not lose today but came a very close second. Well done to all players in almost achieving a turnover of 0:12 points deficit from the first half and finishing 26: 27. Oh so close!
The first half seemed a little lacklustre as North Bristol demonstrated a powerful scrum (their players stayed low which added to their strength) and some good ball play to score two unconverted tries. With the advantage of the slope in the second half for our lads, North Bristol surprised us again with an early try up hill which seemed to put the game out of reach of the N&B U14s. But there were some fantastic runs from our boys, James scoring twice in his irrepressible dogged style - even if he does get caught during one of his sprints, he just stands up and carries on, shrugging off one, two, even three tackles. What guts! Jonty played consistently well, too, and well deserved to score his try. In a big effort from the forwards in the deep corner of the pitch, and after a good deal of hustle and bustle, Harry Morgan was able to get the ball down for our 4th try of the day. Lewis and Jonty converted, the latter twice.
But of course N Bristol had in the meantime ratcheted up another two tries with one converted. Our boys had the momentum as full time drew near, though, and in the final play of the game, Joe Cox broke through from beyond the half way line. In another of his great runs he saw off at least two attacks before he was caught, perhaps only 30 feet from the try line. And so the game ended amidst great excitement from everyone watching, even from other teams walking past, disappointed that we didn't get the win the boys deserved from their second half push but pleased to have seen such a great display of rugby.
What a magnificent effort from ALL the boys and so great that they never gave up even when it looked like game over. Well done, all.
In a great display of sportsmanship, the N Bristol coach came over to our boys and said that we had brought a smile to his face from the manner in which the game had been played, that the boys had played well and were a great team whom he wished he could play against every week (unlike some other sides he has seen recently); he even applauded the boys' efforts himself. That was a very nice report to hear.
Harvey has also written his summary of the game for all the boys to see:
"Immensely proud of all of you today! Every single one of you put in a great shift! Unfortunate result but I don't care about that, best comeback of the season. Some great tries scored and some big hits which we all love! There are obviously things to work on but they will come! But overall cracking efforts by everyone and see you all for training! Cheers boys!
The boys thought areas to improve on were: handling, kicking, rucking (too many times losing our ball), being stripped of the ball in play, and scrummaging. But positives were notable, too, especially off-loading the ball and tackling by everyone which has shown great commitment and improvement.
The Centres, Joe and James, shared the richly deserved honours as joint Men of the Match.
Tyler contributed well until he got painfully flattened twice and was not able to continue - well done, and hope you recover quickly. Sympathy, too, to poor Toby who could only watch in frustration today as he fell off a stool in drama this week and has broken his toe. Ouch! The other injured man, Sam Leaver, still has his arm in a sling. I guess it will be some while before either Toby or Sam will be able to play. Let's hope they all get at least a touch when we go on tour in only 3 weeks' time!! Bring on the (organised chaos) fun!
Training on Wednesday and next Sunday; then Away to Kingswood on 26th March. I don't recall having played there before - their address is: Grimsbury Road Playing Fields, Grimsbury Rd, Bristol BS15 9RA. It is sandwiched between the A420 Bristol - Chippenham road and the A4174 ring road; map at this location: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Kingswood+RFCfirstname.lastname@example.org,-2.4862724,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x55333c5624d94751!8m2!3d51.4597883!4d-2.4862724. Don't get lost on the dark side of Brizzle! It's where Predator was filmed, you know ...
Nick the Brit