The U12s came close to upsetting SCC with a determined 2nd half performance where we scored 2 tries, had 1 perfectly good one disallowed and one more held up. Unfortunately the damage was done in the first half when SCC scored 2 really good tries by spreading the ball wide and 2 more down the middle through lapses in our tackling. Whilst our scrum was creaking at times, after a quick work from Coach Monty, hooker Param rallied his men and we held our own from then on. The rucks were fiercely contested and we won some great ball only to lose it through poor final passing or lack of support. Even so we still made some great breaks and the SCC penalty count was mounting, allowing us to build enough momentum to get over the whitewash, only for Kiane to be held up in his attempt.
Despite the disappointment of the first half the boys came out of the blocks must faster in the 2nd half and immediately put SCC under pressure. With some wide ranging runs from Rian and great support from the team we finally broke through their defences and quick thinking from Max saw the ball move out wide for Azy to run an arc and score in the corner. 5 mins later we were there again, Azy I think, barging over only to be held up by determined SCC defenders. From there on in we literally camped in their 22 with Ethan denied at his first attempt and succeeding with his 2nd before SCC finally rallied and scored a couple more tries to ground out the game.
Overall another improving performance, we still need to work on our starts and the first 1 or 2 quarters of the game as we seem to be good at coming back. Plenty to work on for training and a couple of last chances to show what we can do at semi's and finals.
That means there is still lots to play for with the finals and we'll be awarding trophies to the following at the end of the Season:- Top Try Scorer, Coaches Player of the Year, Players Player of the year - voted for by the boys and Most Improved where we'll also ask for input from the parents.