Sun 30
Under 13's
Berwick gain in Confidence against Alnwick

Berwick gain in Confidence against Alnwick

By David Cairns
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Despite Berwick dominating the set piece they lost out to the experienced Alnwick team but gained huge amounts of confidence

Berwick Under 13 team again took to the road to take on local rivals Alnwick who are regarded as being one of the top teams in the area at this age group. Both teams were really up for the fixture and Berwick knew they would have to work hard against the more experienced Alnwick team. It wasn’t long before Alnwick showed how dangerous they were with their full back taking the ball as we kicked for territory and making a superb run to the line to score the first try which was converted. Berwick didn’t let their heads go down and came straight back all guns blazing and worked really hard to stop Alnwick getting in to the flow that they wanted by disrupting lineouts and the front row of Andrew Edmondson, Ross Hindmarsh and Ryan Mabon contested the first scrum really well to ensure Berwick Ball which was fed out from the ever more confident Fly Half Thomas Warcup along the line to allow our prolific try scorer Ben Nicholson to level the scores in the corner.
As both teams realised that there was a game on both sets of players put on a good display of rugby with Berwick ensuring that they dominated the set piece with the scrum working well with power coming from Second Row of Andrew Cairns and Ben Williams to ensure that Berwick ball was always won on our put in and even took a couple against the head however Alnwick competed better and dominated in the loose which allowed them to score another try before half time.
The second half again followed the same pattern with Alnwick being a lot sharper at the breakdown and securing ball to release their dangerous back line. Berwick’s Man of the Match Aidan Carson put in some superb try saving tackles in defence but Alnwick did eventually get through to take another try. Berwick tried again to raise the tempo and secure some decent ball which on 2 or 3 occasions allowed us to attack Alnwick line but their defence held out well and allowed them to clear. In the last minute Alnwick again secured some ball at the ruck and ran in another try to give a final score of 22-5. Despite being beaten all the Berwick boys went in with increased confidence as they have proven to themselves that they can compete and hopefully if they can just sharpen up at the breakdown and secure the ball cleaner tries will come as we take on Blyth next weekend.
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Sun 30, Oct 2011