Walsall Under 9's finish Shield Runners Up
Well done to the boys, did us all proud.
Today we visited the Kings Norton Rhinos for their 2nd annual festival. As it was last year, the standard of rugby was extremely high but well done for the effort the boys put in.
Todays squad was made up of Rhys Max, Freddie, Hendrick, James, Ben, Noah, Jonathan, Cian, Sean, Harry and Danny
Game 1 -
The first game was lost 7-0 (to the eventual winners Droitwich)
I have no idea what happened in this game. Everything that we have worked hard on all season went out the window and the boys were fast asleep throughout the entire game. Tackling was virtually non existent and basic errors were a plenty with knock-ons, running into touch and poor tackle attempts. I think it best to write this game off.
Game 2 - V Kings Norton
Scorers - Rhys (1), Max (1), Hendrick (1), Freddie (1), James (1)
This was a much tighter affair. BUT, the boys really stepped up. Tackling was more aggressive and the lads really seemed up for this one (hopefully the team talk helped). When we had the ball in our hands we were far more decisive and made some great cutting lines scoring 5 good tries. Despite Kings Norton very hard running, we managed to finish the game on top.
Game 3 - V Stourbridge
Scorers - Freddie (1), James (1), Hendrick (1), Max (2), Cian (1)
Finally, the boys fully woke up and played their best game so far. The support play throughout was exceptional but more importantly our defence was finally started to tighten up and we were closing down gaps and players.
Game 4 - Shield Final v Kidderminster
Lost 4-3 (Extra time)
Scorers - Freddie, James (2)
This was the heart breaker. Having finished runner up in our group we went through the Shield Final to play Kiddy who finished runners up in theirs. The first half started brilliantly, tackling was superb but our running was fantastic. No dropped passes, no knock ons, pop passes going to hand and it was all looking great! With seconds left to go, we were 3-2 up and the ref called 'last play'. All we needed to do was complete our tackle count or get knocked into touch, what we couldn't afford to do was knock on, or drop the ball. Unfortunately, in the last second we knocked on, Kiddy got possession and ran the length of the pitch to score and draw the game.
This then took us into extra time with the next try the winner. To decide who had the ball first came down to a coin toss, which we won! We had 7 tackles to get over their line. We took the ball up strong, carrying well and got within inches of the Kiddy try line. Unfortunately, we couldn't get over due to Kiddys ferocious tackling and the ball was turned over. Unfortunately,, couple of missed tackles and Kiddy again managed to break free and run the pitch to win the game.
The boys held it together and congratulated Kidderminster for a great come back win. When we got back together it was apparent how much the game meant to the boys. There were plenty of tears and emotion on display which choked us coaches up just watching.
Full credit to the players, after the first game (what first game?) they really switched on, turned everything around and played some great rugby. Ultimately, our tackling was our downfall, but no one can fault the spirit showed by all.
Difficult to pick out individuals but well done to James with 4 tries and to Max and Freddie with 3 each.
Fingers crossed for the Staffs Festival next week!