Under 14's - Match centre

Leigh East
Orrell St James ARLFC
Sun 20 May 10:30 - Friendly

All effort and no reward


A comment from one of our parents suggested that the match reports were a little long for his liking so today’s report will come in 2 parts.

Especially for Mr Turner: The boys turned up, were unlucky and lost. (The end)

Now the report for the rest of the parents: -

Although the pitch was green, not a blade of grass in sight,
The plastic pitch it was saw Enis in full flight.
The start the coaches wanted to set the scene today,
And Josh it was converted, the blues were on their way.

The sets they were completing and passing was a dream,
The ground they made going forward really was supreme.
With tackling in defence and support play at its best,
The opposition coach was seriously getting stressed.

With eight minutes on the clock, another drive down field,
The ball went through the hands and Josh a try revealed.
Now points ahead and looking good, the crowd expected more,
But balls were dropped, things went wrong, the home team got to score.

The half progressed, the boys dug deep but rewards were hard to find,
They tried their best and pulled up socks but decisions were unkind.
Before the end another try saw Leigh push past our line,
There wasn’t long before the ref decided it’s half time.

The coaches words were strong and calm as blues looked for advice,
The boys were told to stand up tall and decide on men or mice.
With whistle blown and ball in play, the teams went head to head,
It looked like OSJ had listened to what had just been said.

More sets of six were traded as the teams looked for a gap,
Then Leigh’s attack looked jaded and then there was a flap.
A knock on gave the head and feed to blues who needed tries,
And Enis ghosted past the line to score again to his surprise.

The score was close and heads were up, the crowd had fingers crossed,
The defence stood firm as reds pushed hard but things looked to be lost.
Another score put Leigh away, two tries were now what’s needed,
But despite their work and hard efforts another try conceded.

Too far away and time against, the boys stuck to their task,
The ball was thrown and tackles made the questions still were asked.
But that was it, the whistle blew the game was at an end,
The boys had lost but their best they tried on that you can depend.

This week’s match showed a big improvement from last week in terms of completed sets and tackles made. The ball was passed extremely well and ground was made in a forward direction rather than just laterally. As well as the men of the match quoted, all the boys had a big part to play. Well done and keep up these efforts.

Josh – swept up well and made good yards with ball in hand.
Alex – made good yards and tackled well both individually and in back up.
Enis – the hard, artificial ground suited his speed. Made excellent yards and tackled hard.
Robbie – in the middle of everything (as usual). Passed well and showed the odd side step.
Michael A – ran straight and hard with a very determined expression. Not shy in the tackle either.
Sean – finally started to use his size in both defence and attack with some good hits.
Danny – continued with his excellent recent form. Ran hard in attack but his defence was awesome.
Michael W – ran hard with the ball but could not quite find the half gap. Always there in the tackle.
Tom B – solid in defence and side stepped his way in attack but could not find the space his efforts deserved.
Declan – good ball distribution and some solid tackling. His kicking game asked some good questions of the home team.
Jonny – ran straight and hard all morning. Almost broke through and hard to bring down.
Paddy – some massive hits today in defence and very determined in attacking drives.
Tom R – very busy around the play the ball and his passing today was both consistent and effective.
Dylan – seemed to be in every tackle. Quietly going about his business and effectively picking up the loose ball.
Jordan – once again his text book tackles around the legs cut off many attacks. Worked hard until having to come off with injury.


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