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Under 12's - Match centre

Hitchin
Shelford
Sun 3 Dec 10:00 - Friendly

Some big, uncompromising players...

...a well matched fixture...

Many thanks to those who made the journey across to Hitchin yesterday for matches against a squad with some big, uncompromising players. It was a well-matched fixture with honours even, as both teams won 3 and lose 3 hard-fought matches.

Last week, our training focused on developing continuity into our attacking play (offloading out of the tackle and popping the ball off the floor), applying pressure to opposition attacks by moving our defensive line up quickly and using good tackling technique to take ball carriers to ground and knock them backwards, if possible. We definitely saw improvements in our attacking play and there were many examples of boys looking for the offload and passing the ball sympathetically out of the tackle to the nearest-supporting Shelford player. I don't often call players out, but Will Drayton is superb at this! This made Hitchin's defence work really hard to repel our attacks and often led to Shelford tries being scored - well done boys!

In the three games we lost (all of which I refereed - no correlation, I'm sure!), a heartening aspect was that we competed right until the final whistle and didn't let our heads drop, so the boys take great credit for that! The difference in these matches was that they had one or two hard-running, aggressive players who we struggled to contain. If we had put them under more pressure by moving our attacking line up more quickly and used better tackling technique, in particular entering the tackle zone correctly (aeroplanes taking off), hitting hard and low with the shoulder, and holding onto the ball carrier with greater strength (stronger rings of steel), we would have fared better. However, our battling spirit was there for all to see, which is very encouraging - well done boys!

Congratulations to Toby Small for winning the sole Player of the Day trophy yesterday. We said at the start of the day that the award would go to the most committed defender and Toby defended (and attacked) brilliantly throughout the day, culminating in him making a couple of try-saving tackles in the final streamed match. This is as good as scoring two tries ourselves, and it was fantastic to see him working so hard for his team - well done Toby!!!

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