Willenhall v Walsall, 17th November 2013
An excellent turnout yesterday saw 20 lads turn up to Willenhall and produce the most comprehensive win in the last couple of seasons.
Although Willenhall have suffered a drop in numbers after splitting away from their current U13 side, the old adage stands in that you can only play the team in front of you and our boys duly put the opposition to the sword. With only one scrum ending up with the ball in Willenhall hands and similar dominance shown in the lineout, our backs had the chance to shine.
As the game went on, our boys realised that passing the ball was something not done just in training and got the ball wide at each opportunity. Whilst there was still the tendency to hang on to the ball in contact too long at times, the determination and strength at the breakdown saw us retain the ball for long periods.
Good handling in tricky conditions; excellent technique and strength in the scrum; willingness to put a team mate into space; determination to keep a clean sheet. Fourteen tries scored. If Carlsberg did Sunday morning mini rugby……
It was unfortunate the ref had to cut the game short as all the boys wanted more but he stepped in at the last minute and we are grateful for his assistance.
From memory the try scorers were Ben Pitt, Jamie Mallaband, Sam Wellings, Matthew Howell, Joe Pearce, Ben Stackhouse, Cory Selby and Ted Parsons.
However, the ‘man of the match’ awards go to those who went across to the opposition to make up their 13. It’s not something they liked doing but they put 100% into their game so Tim and I would like to thank them for doing it and I know the Willenhall coach was very grateful too. Therefore special thanks go to James Rogers, Ben Yau, Daniel Gilbert, Cory Clarke-Selby, Matthew Howell and Kyle Austen.