Scunthorpe u13 v Driffield u13
A good mornings rugby
What a busy week, we thought we had a training week which would of given us a bit more space to work with all the different units within the team, but Driffield rang and said we're coming to play you so how could we refuse, then it snowed and we all had known it had snowed as there was 596 updates on facebook telling us it had snowed and if that wasn't enough we all got to open our advents - well Tony didn't as he didn't get one, no not even one of them recycled-from-last-year ones where you open day 1 and its a picture of a candle! His mum has been reported for child cruelty. Chris Conroy found us a ref who then got himself injured on Saturday so a mad ring round late on Saturday found us with a half broken Tony Grey - thanks to him for stepping up at very short notice. Top man.
We have been under a recruitment drive of late having lost a few Clamart tourists to other sports this season, and in previous match reports we mentioned the likes of Oliver Stirk and Danny Sparrow, we have now poached Oskar (can't spell his second name) who looks like he's well up for it, i asked him half way through the game where do you fancy playing he tells me in the backs, one look at his boots and i shouldn't of bothered asking - lime green!!
Onto the game, Driffield were a team of differing heights, there two danger men being their biggest, one of the lads was so large he could've easily sat Dante on his knee put his hand up the back of his shirt and make him his ventriloquist.
First half a miss-kick from kick off gave us the ball back and after a long period of attacking Alfie Oldridge beat his centre on the outside and ran for what everyone congratulated a good try, problem was Driffield ran the ball to the 22 for a drop out, bit of head scratching and we realised he'd run it over the dead ball line having brought in the pitch by 5 meters at each edge, the monumental size of the pitch not suiting our lads - or Driff's as they were happy for this too. We were soon on the attack again some good work by the forwards secured decent ball it went Jack Murr with a show and go went over for the first try, we still hadn't acclimatised on the sidelines expecting him to give the ball to Dan to run in.
Daniel was next some classic rugby being played winning the breakdown and shipping the ball out, Driffield came back and the big lad ran over and through some weak tackling (big Josh apart who hurt himself in the process of trying to make the tackle). Back we went at the Driff defence with Alf Taylor carrying hard to score, and then the ball was spread wide to Jack Standerline who also dotted down, it was good stuff, we were winning rucks largely down to the likes of Charley Wilkinson who appeared everywhere today and the workmen like Jake Sephton and Scott Kelly.
It was a Driff scrum which was put under pressure by ours and Chris almost nicked the ball but the ball was hurried from the back and shipped without looking the ball bobbled over the tryline and Dante was first to react at scrum half and scored from minus 3 yards - a new record!!
Driffield finished the half with a score.
We took the opportunity to give our less experienced, or squad players some decent game time as Oliver came into the pack, Dylan started on the wing then showed his versatility moving into the pack and rucked really well, Little Josh went into prop and grafted hard, Danny came
onto the wing for some good exposure to the game and Oskar onto the other wing.
We started off where we left the last despite the newer team, with Oskar juggling the ball taking a pass along the line and diving over, a much more even half though as Driffield again came back with a score, Jake Kreamer scored a good old forwards try following a good maul, not something we have practised much but they must have watched an old re-run of Leicester tigers.
Driffield scored two more before the half, which was a little beset by indiscipline in the defensive line and numerous penalties being given.
A fine game which gave a decent amount of game time to the newbies, Oskar scored on debut which is always nice, Will played nearly every position on the field showing just how versatile he/we are and with him Alfie T and Dante they lead our blitz defence.
Man of the match from the coaches went to Alf T just in front of Charley Wilkinson - both showing work rate is the way forward for the forwards. Only got 1 vote from the kids and that went to Alfie Oldridge who was his usual talisman self.