Worcester 4, Pershore 2
U11’s first game of the season, away at Worcester.
We had two 8-a-side games with a rolling sub.
Match 1. – Worcester won the toss, and elected to start. They kicked the ball straight into Oliver’s hands, where Ant then collected. Pershore forced play over the touch-line and were rewarded with Logan restarting. Play proceeded with a great run from Seb down the line. Rowyn also had a great run, with TeeJay in support, but TeeJay was then forced out of play. Play continued with a scrum to Pershore, but with Seb a bit too far away to receive the ball, a knock-on then gave Worcester a scrum, where they managed a run down the wing for the 1st try of the game.
Pershore restarted, and as Worcester progressed forward, Connor managed a cheeky interception that lead to a Pershore scrum. Pershore then displayed some excellent ball handling and passing, from Ant, to Ro, and on to TeeJay. Pershore proved to be no push-over in the rucks, presenting the ball well to their team mates. But Worcester had some strong runs on the ball, and managed to find a gap to run through for the 2nd try of the game.
Connor lead from the front, moving forward to pass on to TeeJay. A great run followed from Oliver. Ro too had a run, managing to present the ball well when going to ground. Worcester rucked over and ripped the ball right at the half time whistle blew.
The 2nd half started with a few knocks and rapid substitutions, with Fin in the thick of it, putting in a great tackle. Seb had a good run with the ball, but after the ball was stolen from him, Ro saved any further Worcester progress with another cracking tackle. Harry showed some good rucking skills, and despite a strong chase from Ant, Worcester ran in another.
On the Worcester restart Fin displayed a safe pair of hands, and Harry worked hard in defence. Ant won the ball, and a determined run lead to the 1st Pershore try of the game. As play continued, Oliver and Harry continued to put Worcester under pressure, working with Ro who forced the Worcester boys out of play. As the Pershore defence seemed to grow in strength, we also found some of that all-important “forward momentum” in attack, with some great runs, and a useful kick from Ro down the side-line. Fab play followed from Seb, then Oliver resulting in Oliver scoring Pershore’s 2nd try. Interestingly Oliver had not long come back on the field, having had a knock, and a rest on the subs bench. Before going back on, he had assured his coaches that he would be scoring a try. If they hadn’t believed him then, they would have to now!
Worcester replied with a kick-off that put us under pressure, and a Pershore knock-on lead to a Worcester scrum, and a final Worcester try right on the final whistle.
The final score: Worcester 4 – Pershore 2.
Match 2 – Pershore won the toss, and started well, but whilst this 2nd Worcester team were an even match to the 1st, and to Pershore, tired legs and fitness started to take its toll on the Pershore team. The first half again saw strong tackling and some very competitive rucking and mauling from the Pershore team, and quick hands, but Worcester seemed to have the upper hand with the scrumming, winning some against the head. The Pershore defence held strong, and the half-time score being Worcester 2 – Pershore 0.
The second half saw some more good tackling and support play, but not quite enough to break through this slightly fresher Worcester team. The dying moments of the game saw a promising attack from Pershore, and whilst Oliver shouted from an empty space on the field, and coach Stef also tried to draw the team’s attention to this opportunity, the ball was passed in the other direction where the Worcester defence waited to drive the Pershore players out as the final whistle blew. The 6 – 0 score-line of this 2nd game flattered Worcester, and didn’t reflect the efforts of a strong, but tiring Pershore team.
At the end of the morning, all players were awarded the usual hotdogs, but we had 3 individual player awards for today’s games:
Best Defender: Ro.
Best Attacker: Ant
Best Sportsman: TeeJay. (for support play and teamwork)
There was plenty to be positive about from our 1st game of the season over at Worcester. Especially teamwork and support play. We proved we can play good running rugby, and play to our strengths. We look forward to games next week at home against Redditch.
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