Wensleydale U15s Suffer Narrow Loss
Promising performance but on the wrong end of the result.
Wensleydale travelled the longish distance to North Ribb today so a big thank you to all parents for getting the boys to the game on time. With just 15 players (Henning absent and King Louis with a swollen knee – hope it is better soon), Wensleydale kicked off in rainy and slippy conditions. North Ribb pinned back Wensleydale and the early pressure paid off for the home team when they scored and converted after breaching a leaky Wensleydale defense. Almost immediately Wensleydale came back at our opponents and after some good interplay and rucking it was Jez who picked up and darted 30 yards to score in the corner. Wensleydale then took things in hand and started to dominate and this time we capitalilsed on our pressure with Jez once again picking up from good forward work and putting in a super dummy to score under the posts followed up with a conversion. Wensleydale failed to capitalize on their first half dominance and all credit to North Ribb they came back to tie things up at half time.
In the second half, although we huffed and puffed it was the home team that capitalized on our mistakes and ran over two tries. Things got a bit out of hand with the opposition failing to hold their discipline getting a player binned for 10 mins but Wensleydale could not capitalize on the extra man. We did finish strongly and when Wensleydale went down to 14 men after Aaron took a bump to the head (hope you’re feeling better – it certainly didn’t stop you from tucking away the chocolate cake!) we put in one last push. With one last monumental effort Wensleydale pushed hard to close the score and Wilson went on a great run giving it the old ‘boogie woogie snake hips’ gaining 20 yards before offloading to Ben who was too strong for the opposition to hold up crashing over to narrow the loss 24 – 19.
First the negatives – a lot of mistakes especially in our own 22 giving away penalties to the opposition from which they exploited the position (think England last season and you know what I mean). Some handling errors but it was very difficult to keep hold of the ball in rainy conditions. Lastly our decision making needs to be improved based upon our position on the pitch but there were a lot of positives. First game back and the boys clicked together quite nicely, the forwards dominated the scrums brilliantly, our rucking was good and at times we made some excellent back moves. It was really encouraging for a first game of the season and the negatives listed will be very easy to resolve based upon a bit more sensible thinking and a dry ball!
It was difficult to give a MOTM and Sam White felt it was pertinent to give it to the whole team for a gutsy performance. In saying this, a few outstanding performances, Stanners had a stormer today and as el capitano he leads from the front – his performance was epitomized with a tremendous tap tackle when the oppositions best player was about to run over for a try. Wilson was also excellent with some great running and tackling, Liam was brilliant in auxiliary positions. Jez did what Jezzer does every game and finally Kierran was excellent with controlled aggression failing to be intimidated and keeping his focus, control and measure – well done kiddo very proud of you.
For those of you who may be a little older you may remember Erika Roe who darted on to the pitch in an England vs Australia game back in 1982. In an almost exact reenactment today, when midway through the second half we had our very own Erika darting on to the pitch with a burst of speed that Sinoti Sinoti would have been proud of!
Excellent and encouraging performance from the boys today, have a good and safe week at school. Remember, next week away at Redcar. Song for the week – Shakin’ Stevens – OH JULIE! (The Scandanavian version by Lasse Stefanz is also worth a listen)!
Lastly a big thank you to North Ribb – always good games and great to see both sets of players respect and friendship off the pitch – you are all a credit to your respective clubs. Thanks to the ref who was excellent and balanced today.