Paisley finish on a high despite going down by 3 tries to 2..
Paisley played a composite team of Lomond/Clydebank on Sunday and came within a whisker of a great comeback...
This was a big challenge for the young Paisley team, because of encouraging player numbers, and to give maximum playing time to everyone we played on a larger park than usual so this was always going to test the player’s strength and character.
Even though it was a friendly, we asked the players to try and concentrate on improving specific aspects of play, i.e. clearing out at the ruck’s and ball presentation. And on the whole we saw a marked improvement in these areas.
We also introduced lineout’s for the first time and considering no practice the players held their own.
Despite losing 3 preventable tries the Paisley boys certainly didn’t give up, and almost snatched a well earned draw by pulling back 2 tries in the final period, and only a bit of loose play and some excellent defence by the opposition prevented them from levelling the scores. So despite losing the game by one try everyone involved can take enormous credit and heart from the performance.
Try scorers were Ross on the wing, who finished a fantastic sweeping move from one side of the park to the other by making a dramatic dive for the line, so well done to him.
The other was scored by Darren, playing in his first ever game, using his size and strength well to score, so well done to him...pity about the hair though Darren....
Other notable performances were Rory, at scrum half, who played the majority of the game with a sore back. Which even though it slowed him down a bit showed the courage and commitment that we are looking for at all age levels, so again, well done to him.
Ross and Lewis on the wings, it’s a lonely life at times but they held their positions well and gave the team options to get the ball out wide plus their defence was excellent.
Kai at stand-off was excellent, despite never playing that position before he was awesome. His tackling was excellent, rucking superb, and was always there when required, what we need to work on is improving his vision and bringing others into play by starting the attacks and leading the line, but for a first attempt excellent.
All in all, a very satisfying performance, which gives us optimism and a belief that it is all starting to come together.
When the weather improves we will be looking to increase training to 2 sessions a week, Sunday and midweek, this will give us the opportunity to devote more quality time to training.
Thanks again for all the effort....
Seve and Tom
PS.. the ref was excellent.
PS..The ref was excellent....