U14s Rampant Against Stirling
The U14s round off their season in style beating Stirling County 57-3.
The U14s rounded off their season in style on Sunday; emphatically beating Stirling County 57-3.
Despite the wet conditions, the boys showed excellent handling skills throughout the game and ran in a whopping 19 tries!
Perthshire were quick out of the traps with Ross P, Archie, Junior and Josh making some big carries up the middle, this helped create space out wide, and Aedan was the first to exploit this; diving over for Perth’s opening score of the day after only two minutes. The scrum was also going well with Saul, Patryk, Daniel and Euan getting the better of their opposite numbers. With the forwards winning their battle, the back were being provided with some good quality ball which they were determined to make the most of.
The scoring continued as Perth started to exert complete control of the game; Innes made a wonderful break down the left before delivering a perfectly timed pass to Alex S. Alex then touched down three more times to add to two from Archie and one each for Forbes and Alex L-L.
Keir came on for his first game for the U14s and looked very assured at scrum-half where he alternated with Aedan throughout the game; he did the simple things well and got the back-line moving nicely.
Although the boys leaked a try just before half-time, our defence was really solid for most of the game; the first up tackles were good, and Alex M and Archie were lightning-quick in the tackle area to secure a number of turnovers for Perth. Meantime, Forbes was running some great angles at pace as the first receiver from the ruck, and this always injected good momentum back in to the attack.
Given the rain, the boys continued to concentrate on being direct and then delivering simple passes wide when the opportunity arose. Some of the distribution through 10 (Blair), 12 (Innes) and 13 (Ross J) was as good as we have seen all season - real accuracy at pace; and it was the quality of the distribution which resulted in the wingers (Alex s and Alex L-L) running in so many of the team’s tries on the day.
Struan was also a constant threat from full-back, coming up in to the attacking line at every opportunity and with quick feet helping to create all kinds of mismatches in the Stirling defence.
In the early stages of the second half, perhaps we took our foot off the gas a bit. The visitors enjoyed a rare period of possession in our own 22 as they pressed well, however the Perth defence was resolute and when the ball was eventually turned over, Struan set off on a mazy run which took him the length of the field for an outstanding individual try.
The next try was perhaps even better as Noah stretched the defence brilliantly before a superb offload gave Struan his second of the day. Then it was Ross J’s turn as he got the reward for some tireless work by running in a try of his own.
In the final 15 minutes, the boys really cut loose; responding well to the coach’s challenge at the break to hit the 50 point mark. Euan and Patryk had several strong carries, whilst Archie continued to terrorise the Stirling defence with ball in hand. In all, the boys managed to run in a further seven tries – two from Alex L-L and one a piece from Archie, Struan, Alex M, Blair and Alex S.
It was pleasing to see the team’s effort right up to the final whistle, even though the game had been won much earlier.
As the score-line suggests, Perth were the better side by some way; whilst there is plenty to work on, our general physicality, fitness and technical skills were very impressive. Given the team were missing six players through injury, it was also great to see the depth of squad available at this time of year.
So, what a fantastic way to finish off the season - well done to the boys for all their efforts not just in this game, but throughout the season.
Final Score: Perthshire 57 – 3 Stirling County
Alex S (5), Alex L-L (3), Archie (3), Struan (3), Aedan, Forbes, Alex M, Blair, Ross J
Saul, Euan, Archie, Junior, Josh, Forbes, Alex M, Ross P, Aedan, Blair (c), Innes , Ross J, Alex S, Noah, Struan, Patryk, Daniel, Keir, Alex L-L
Man of the Match:
[b]1. Innes – excellent reading of the game, distribution and angles of running throughout, setting up a number of tries for those outside him
2. Struan – seemed to find so much space, was illusive in attack and great ability to beat the first defender
3. Archie – dynamic ball carrying which always took him over the gain-line and in behind the defence, pretty impressive to score three tries as a prop!