U12s - Report
|West Park St Helens||35||vs||28||Wirral|
A Bridge Too Far
This is the sequel to The Bridge Over The River Kwai in which British PoW’s build something magnificent, despite their colleagues’ attempts to hamper their efforts. With the cry offs on Mother’s Day coming in thick and fast,
OK lads ……. now I know where you stand. You love your Mums more than you love rugby! It’s OK. The excuses came in all sorts of different disguises…. injuries, illnesses, siblings at other fixtures ranging through to wanting to spend quality time with special friends! Don’t worry, lads, whilst you were snuggling up with Mumsy in your onesy on the sofa watching Disney films and eating chocolates, the hard core made it over the Runcorn Bridge to sunny West Park to meet the St Helens giants.
Pre –warm-up the lads had their usual focus on the task in hand. Cilla arrived during the testicular target practice in the car park and managed to boot the ball into the substation next door with his first touch and Twiggy psyched out the oppo by rolling down the hill screaming. Good work lads.
The warm up went well and we took the opportunity to rip up the team sheet, as we had a total of 10 players not available, and try some players out in positions that they weren’t familiar with. The West Park pack was a big unit that possibly psyched out the little Wirral players for the first session of play and Wirral showed far too much respect, although they were a little distracted as it’s tricky to pay attention whilst writing out invitations to a party being held in our in-goal area. West Park RSVP’d by scoring twice with good forward play and converting both before Wirral woke up and decided to respond - a bit like France seem to do, give the oppo a head start and then really start to play!
West Park’s scores were generally hard fought tries, worked through the phases utilising their forwards’ attributes to the full. Wirral defended manfully kerbing the tide on occasion but sometimes there was no stopping the juggernaut that was the West Park pack. Well done West Park. Wirral knew that they had to do something different and with all three regular scrum halves AWOL, Twiggy stepped up to the mark to get the ball distributed quickly. The ball went through the hands but, with several players playing well out of position, the back play wasn’t always as successful as it usually is. Valiant efforts throughout created break opportunities for Joe who scored two, Woodsy broke to score one and Kieran was in the right place at the right time to score at the end of a great series of passes. Will converted three and Donny converted the final kick for Wirral.
Rolling subs meant that there were numerous changes and positional changes for many of the players throughout the game, all of which were taken in their stride. Given the tough opposition and the unfamiliarity for many players this was a decent result under difficult circumstances.
Rugby highlights of the weeeeek:
- some of the players turned up, nice, ta lads
- Twiggy having a good go at scrum half
- David tackling Goliath once again
- Ella flattening some big lads
- Cilla taking the ball at pace and making the difference
- Will carrying an injury but carrying on – nice chip – unlucky result!
- Donny putting in his best defensive performance to date
- Great speed to the breakdown in the middle two sessions
- Arrold’s tackle toward the end
- Branchy’s good reffing
Given the challenging circumstances this was a great performance with rolling subs and position changes that made it a difficult game for the whole squad – but the Wirral players put in the effort and came out with a close 5-4 result and gave a good account of themselves.
Back to full strength and full form for the Cheshire Plate semi next week.
Like the PoW’s in Burma – we are building something worth preserving.