This was another performance that you can all be proud off and just shows how we have all developed and become a stronger team over the past few months.
Again, we were able to hold out the opposition for long periods and this was the case for the first five minutes of the match. However, we started to let some of our bad habits creep back in to our game, where we were slow getting back in to our defensive line, allowing the visiting team to make easy metres. Again, our tackling was pretty good but we were not slowing the play the ball down to give the defensive line more time to get back. This is something we will work on in training.
We switched off on a few occasions and this allowed the visitors to build up an 18 – 0 lead, and it seemed that the game was all but over until the last 5 minutes of the first half, when a scrum on our own 10m line led to a back line move, releasing Connor down the wing to run three quarters of the length of the pitch to score. The conversion was also successful. Half time score 6 – 18.
At half time we talked about our effort and general determination to get something out of the game. We spoke about working harder to slow the play the ball down and get back on our defensive line quicker.
Although we were still a little unorganised, the second half was a much more improved performance, with Rovers scoring 3 tries on the run to lead 24 – 18.
The first was a determined effort from Harry Meacock
who received the ball on our left wing and 20m from their line. Harry cut inside before making an evasive run, breaking through 4 tackles to get the ball down.
The second was scored by Morgan Bolton
after a strong run by Theo Dutton
, who was able to off load in the tackle to Morgan, who was left with a simple finish. However, we are pleased that Theo is listening and becoming aware of players around him to be able to perform the off load. Credit must go to Morgan for his support and finding the space to allow Theo to off load.
The third try was scored by Connor, who went on one of his elusive runs again. He ran across the defensive line looking for the gap, before rounding the defence on the outside to score in the left hand corner.
All three tries were converted.
It was just unfortunate that with only a few minutes left we switched off on our own line, and allowed Clock Face to force their way over to score their final try. The conversion was successful to make the scores level at 24 – 24.
Yet again lads, you have shown that we are becoming a tough team to beat. Being 18 – 0 down it would have been easy to let our heads drop and allow Clock Face to score more points. But instead, you all got stuck in and showed some real determination to make a game of it. It was this determination that then resulted in us scoring 3 times, and limiting the opposition to only one try in final minutes of the second half. That alone shows how we have improved as a team.