Cold, wet grey and fantastic Yarbury U11 win again
Two wins a draw and a loss - Overall vistory against Roundhegians
OJ, Joe V, Joe M, Ben W, Danny, Dom, Ethan, Aiden
Austin, Angus, Riggers, Tatanda, Ollie H,Seth, Matty, Harry, Aaron
Yarnbury Win Lose Draw and Win to provide 4 well balanced, enjoyable displays of rugby brilliance.
The first cold, wet and dark Sunday morning of the season ensured the weather played a very important role in this fixture. As the rain poured down and the chilly wind bit like a driven nail, the Yarnbury squad steadied themselves for a brutal encounter against the Roundhegians visitors.
A tale of two teams the Riffles and the bullets both exhibited their massive strengths and occasional frailties but always had the tenacity to pull out a sterling performance against a strong well drilled Roundhegians visiting squad.
The Bullets were first out the barrel, slowly dragging themselves into an encounter they did not really want to get into. This became apparent as the more convincing Roundhegian side bullied their way through the defensive Yarbury lines time and again to convincingly win the first encounter.
By the time the Bullets had loaded their resolve for the second match they slipped into the chamber and began to fire into rucks with complete conviction and resolve taking advantage of every gap in the defense and turned in a fabulous victory.
All the boys felt the cold and battled through with excellent efforts from Matty, Aaron and Seth in attack showing great passing skills in such terrible conditions.
Special mention goes out to Tatanda who scored a brace of tries against a group of boys he knew well. Rigger Angus and Ollie Holmes all made several impressive breaks and showed good handling in scoring four more tries.
Harry and Austin worked hard in the rucks and mauls and counter rucked on many occasions winning back the ball from the frustrated Roundhegians.
The Riffles fired on all cylinders throughout both encounters impressing their team mates, parents, coaches and their opposition.
At times the constant linking passes going through all hand was described as "All Blackesque" from one voice in the crowd. An accolade indeed, seconded by the referees who on some occasions were unable to withhold their pride, expressing their appreciation at the festival of rugby on display from the Yarnbury teams.
Oliver Herring captained superbly with confident breaks and some inspirational tackling and with Ben Whitley display how and when kicking can be used to great advantage, a new skill this season perfectly deployed.
Joe Verity leaped and darted his way around the park mystifying the opposition with great feeding deliveries from Danny Sudgon.
Nice to see Dominic Marslands massive tackles, determined direct runs and huge impact in rucks being rewarded with a win this week, along with Aiden and Joe Miles constantly retrieving the ball from close encounters.
Ethan Kerr displayed the difficulties tall guys have with avoiding high tackles on several occasions avoiding high tackles with his usual quick reactions.
A big thanks to all players and parents for battling through the weather and making Sunday morning an most enjoyable event.