Another nearly performance
By Jon Terry
But definite proof that we've come a long way this season!
Following a break from rugby after a beautiful bank holiday, the BRFC u12s turned up in a happy state of mind to the Old Cov’s four-way festival. Despite there being slightly less sun, the boys were still up for a good day away and excited at the prospect of playing some new teams.
Our first game found us playing Barkers Butts. After starting off a little bit rusty and the game looking quite even, we upped our game and played some excellent attacking and defensive rugby. We scored several tries in quick succession in the first half without ever convincing that we were quite on it. However the second half saw a more complete performance and we ran out 8-1 against a team that never gave up.
After a short break, we took on Broadstreet, who we remembered losing to in a close game earlier in the season. This wasn’t to be a repeat performance though and from the off Bournville showed excellent physicality, aggression, line speed and clever play. Defensively we were sound too and we were able to stretch away from them in the late stages. A very satisfying indication of how far this team has come this season given the previous friendly against them at the end of November.
With no break we then came up against the only other unbeaten team on the day, Old Covs. We were playing well though and full of confidence when the whistle went however they were well organised and coached and we struggled to cope with their hard pick and go style. They had some big strike runners to crash through our defences and our rucking (which had never really been quite on the money all day) failed us as we were constantly turned over. However once we calmed down and remembered what we are good at we played a much better game of rugby in the second half and showed what we were about. The boys improved their tackling, rucking and they played more like a team with some stronger play and better use of the ball. The coaches had challenged them to win the 2nd half and they may have done so (we're not sure if we scored 2 or 3 in the 2nd half. Old Covs definitely scored 2 though).
Despite the hard, final game, the u12s can be proud of their performance and can look forward to the final festival of the season, at Droitwich with relish.
Our thanks to Old Covs for hosting us and for the efforts of all the teams on the day.
Match Report by Jim & Jon (with contributions from George)