Sun 29
Tring with Barnet
Two Hearts beat as one - U2

Two Hearts beat as one - U2

By Dave Martin
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'Have you swallowed a coaching manual?"

On a very windy day at Camelot the Under 12's returned to Sunday morning rugby following last weekend's Saturday night exploits with an intriguing tri-fixture against Barnet & Tring. With both visiting clubs more or less having enough players to field two sides it gave an opportunity for some well-balanced competitive matches for both the Camelot A and B team.

The opening match saw Camelot A take on Tring A, an often evenly fought contest, and this one was no different. The visitors had the better of the opening minutes, but could not find a way through as Camelot eased their way into the game and started to look the better side. Twice in the first-half it looked as though an opening may appear when first Dan and then James N broke wide, but they were tackled just short of the try line.

0-0 at the break, and the second period showed no sign of either side really looking like scoring, though most the play was inside the half that Tring were defending. The final whistle came to mark the end of the game and further enhance a growing reputation for Camelot becoming the Manchester United of Under 12's rugby - playing out low scoring draws as they don't look like conceding in any games, but don't always have the wherewithal to score themselves.

FT: Camelot A 0-0 Tring A

Game 2 for team "A" was against Barnet. In difficult, windy conditions Tommy kicks off. There seems to be a bit more urgency about us in this game and we start the half with a couple of decent passing moves from one side of the pitch to the other. We're recycling well and eventually the hard works pays off on the left wing when Oli forces the ball over the line after an assist from Edward. The lead is doubled just before the half time whistle after some quick thinking from Fred allows him to steel in for a try.

It's wind against in the second half but we soon find our rhythm and a break away on the right by Tommy creates some space and a good pass puts Edward in to score in the right corner. Very simple but effective rugby. Shortly after the move is repeated with Tommy again making a good pass to Woody who scores in the corner to make it 4-0 and that's how the game finishes. Another very solid performance from the team with any threat from the opposition comfortably dealt with.

Camelot A 4

(Oli, Fred, Edward and Woody)

Barnet 0

The final game of the morning for team "A" was a second match against Tring following the earlier 0-0 draw. With the wind still gusting we kick-off and the pattern of play is unchanged with Camelot pressurising, recycling well and not allowing the opposition to settle. After a period of pressure on the Tring defence the Rocket sneaks the ball away and is over the line to put Camelot 1 up. Very shortly after Edward takes the ball and spins away from tackles to double our lead - 2-0 at half time. Wind against in the second half and there's a bit more pressure on us but to no avail and we finish the morning with a solid 2-0 win.

Camelot 2

James N, Edward

Tring 0

So three games played for team A and no tries conceded. Add that to the magnificent performance at Hertford last week and it's 7 games with just 1 try conceded. We really are becoming a difficult team to score against. A sign that every player is stepping up in defence. Great to see. One key factor to our defensive strength is the improvement when the ball goes to ground. We just don't lose the ball as much as we used to - our mauling and rucking has really improved. No surprise then to see captain James I take the Player of the Week award. Well deserved but plenty to choose from this week.

Meanwhile Camelot B team faced new challenges as they looked to develop their team spirit, with three new players in the line-up, including two that only attended training for the first-time less than 48 hours earlier. Clashes against Tring and Barnet would be a real solid test of how they are progressing.

First-up was Tring B and Camelot wasted no time in grabbing the advantage. Solid in the tackles, and strong in the ruck the ball made it's way out to one of the new lads, George, who tucked the ball under his arm and headed for the tryline knocking over anything that dared to get in his way. 1-0.

In an evenly contested half Tring drew level with a superb score - The Tring player sending a looping kick to space in the corner where an incoming winger gathered the ball at pace to score in the corner, very much reminiscent of Ben Spencer and Chris Ashton the previous day at Twickenham.

1-1 at the break, and it was Camelot who came out the livelier in the second-half, closing down the opposition quickly, Jake in particular throwing in some crunching tackles to keep Tring pinned in their own half. Eventually some huge teamwork in the maul drove the opposition defence back over their own try line where Eddie was able to stretch out his recently repaired arm to restore Hemel's lead.

It looked as though that lead might be increased when Conor E got the ball from a quick free-kick, ran the length of the field through a stunned defence, only to be thwarted just short of the line.

FT: Camelot B 2-1 Tring B
Tries: George, Eddie

Buoyed by the victory, the B team went into the second match against Barnet with increased confidence and were soon in front when some good passing moves found James W out wide, as he headed for the line there was no danger that anyone was going to catch him and Camelot B's were in the lead again.

Before the break a good drive from Barnet enabled them to score to make it 1-1, but again the heads did not drop and some good solid tackling and quick reaction in the rucks enabled the home side to have the better of the possession. A couple of times Barnet threatened a breakaway, the sort of situation that would have almost certainly have been a try conceded a month or so ago, but the defender was there to stop the player, and then was quickly backed up by his team mates to steer the opponent out of play, force a knock-on or turn the ball over.

The superior play was rewarded late in the game when Ollie went on a trademark run through the middle of a crowded pile of players to ground the ball for the winning try. Another excellent performance from the B team that showed great improvement since the start of the season and a team spirit that leaves them in good stead for some more tough fixtures ahead of the Christmas break.

FT: Caemlot B 2-1 Barnet B
Tries: James W, Ollie

Man of the match George, what a performance on his debut, a try as well, well done.

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Sun 29, Nov 2015