U9’s away to Stoke
2 hard fought matches in the mud with some astonishing defence
Uttoxeter’s home pitches were flooded out, but Stoke’s ground still had flecks of green visible above the mud, so it was game on.
Theo led out the team as Captain and the match pace was set when he went down the middle of the pitch, with great support from Dylan and George which set up the first try of the match. Stoke came back at us, but with a heroic effort of 5 consecutive tackles on our own try line we turned over the ball. This set the theme of the whole match. Great quick defence marshalled by George, steam roller running by Joe, good use of space out wide by Charlie plus Dan’s speed secured a solid win over Stoke in the first match.
The second match was more tightly contested, Stoke looked after the ball really well and despite a great defence, Stoke never seemed to spill the ball (if any of the Seniors want a tackling masterclass, please see Tom). A full length run from Dan, a great combination between Tamsin, Theo and Joe, plus a sidestep demonstration from Charlie beating 4 defenders meant we scored plenty of tries and we ended the match about evens (perhaps Stoke beat us by one, but who’s counting…)
Awesome performance again from everyone.