A glorious sunny day saw 2 teams entered for the early season Moseley Festival.
Having not played competitive games against opposition, both teams showed exceptional commitment and team spirit from the get go.
All the coaches are unanimous in how proud we are after only 3 weeks training, it was very impressive!!
There are some areas that need to be worked upon in terms of running forward and support play.
Quickly passing once tagged will also help keep momentum in our game.
All the players did remarkably well to stay so positive despite the long day.
A maximum of 8 players per team were allowed and we split into 2 teams (Rangers & Bears).
Despite an excellent all round performance from both teams we didn’t make the medal games.
All the players can be very proud of their performances and the day will provide a good benchmark of what we need to do in the season ahead.
The Bears – P6 – W1 – D1 – L4 Match report by Barney
Players – Chester, Fintan, Harry D, Heera, Hugo, Zach, Saijeh, Teo, Carter
Coaches – Barney & Matt
The ‘bears’ thoroughly impressed me – they were remarkably switched on and got into the spirit of things. Some great tries created from quite a lot of individualism at the moment but that’s a great thing to have to work with! But when the other team got close and started tagging the support was generally there.
The speed of re-starts and lining up and getting ready was impressive. Team spirit was faultless despite losing 4 games.
Every player grew and held their own whilst they also really got the ‘passing back’ concept, much better than the pre-match training had shown.
And I don’t think one of our players ran into touch!
Areas for improvement – our team developed a new version of drift defence! – which involved everyone running across the pitch to one side leaving a big hole for the other team to run back round. However, every team did the same. But we can certainly work on that defensive thinking.
The one try deficit in each game lost was tough given the way we played but showed that we were not beaten easily!
The Rangers – P6 – W4 – D0 – L2 Match report by Rich
Players – Will, Dan, Jack, Harry M, Ming, Milo, Gobind, Michael
Coaches– Rich & Russ
From the ‘rangers’ perspective, the basics were there. They were the best tagging team in their group. They were also the most competitive and ‘aggressive’ team in their group in terms of “Blitz” tagging. I didn’t see a single forward pass, and the individuals almost always ran forwards. Reinforcing “Run Forwards, Pass Backwards” into drills will get the whole team continually moving forward. Once we click on this and support play, they could very well win the next tournament….
Match Report by Alan Mason (Head Coach U7s)