Sun 01
ONE Special Fixture

ONE Special Fixture

By Dave Martin
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Watching players tackle !!

On a brisk sunny morning a squad from the Under 11's had a taste of "how the other half live" with a visit to the superb facilities on offer at the OA's. With festival season on the horizon it was an opportunity for squad players to take some additional responsibility and push for a place when it comes to the A and B tournaments as the majority of the natural A team players were absent from this fixture.

The key aim of the day was to work on tackling, no reliance on your team mates to do the work for you, everyone was required to chip in and do their bit and tackle, tackle, tackle. After a good 40 minutes warm-up and training session with the OA's players, it was over to a match...

On paper the sides looked equally matched, but it was the Camelot players that dominated the game as they quickly realised that if they put their minds to it, they will get the results. With all the early action taking place in the OA's half it was Ben who opened the scoring with a run to the line from a well-worked scrum. Soon after Ben went on another strong run, passed the ball out to Sam who weaved his way through to score for 2-0.

Next it was the turn of the Tank, Ollie showing no mercy as he powered his way over to score. with good all round team play, the tries were coming naturally from all over the field, Connor H the next to find space out wide and drive for the line shaking off any attempts at a challenge. Not to be out done in the powerful run stakes, Alfie set about taking no prisoners as he too worked his way over to score another try and really drive home the difference between the two side.

5-0 at the interval, but it was not all about the tries, some excellent rucking and mauling and all round good team spirit was winning the day, and delivering the result.

The second-half started with no sign of the pressure easing up. Ben tackled deep in the OA's half, ripped the ball and went on to score his second of the match. With tackling showing an obvious improvement, the next try highlighted some improvements in passing with Sam passing to Byron before looping round, Byron spotted the run and laid off a perfect pass for Sam to pick up and score. 7-0.

Next up it was Ben who handled well receiving a long pass that had opened up the space for him to complete his hat-trick, and he followed that up with a, slightly uncharacteristic, weaving run to make it 9-0.

Out of the blue, OA's started to enjoy a bit of pressure and proceeded to score two successive tries...surely too late for a comeback?

It was of course. On his debut Samuel had a break down wide and looked like he might score before just being driven out of play, but Camelot did hit ten in the closing stages when Joseph, having the match of his life, drove the ball over the line to score his very first try in the blue and white of Camelot colours!

FT: OA's 2-10 Camelot
Tries: Ben 4, Sam 2, Ollie, Connor, Alfie, Josepeh

After such a convincing triumph the squad split to play two more games, with half the Camelot side going on to test themselves against, on paper, far superior opposition in the shape of one of the OA's B sides.

In the first-half there was a sense of a return to some of the bad habits - Missed first tackles allowing the opposition to break from distance and score with ease, having to fend off very little by way of challenges. In fairness the players looked tired as reality started to hit home after the triumphant first game, but their opponents still taught them a few lessons as they raced into a 4-0 lead.

Ollie pulled one back as he powered over the line, OA's broke and scored, but then Hemel went on the attack again and Conor E scored a try that pulled it back to 2-5 at the break.

Just like the first period, the opposition ran in 4 easy tries unchallenged, at the start of the half before Camelot really came to life and started to make a fight of it, inspired by Conor E who went on to complete a hat-trick of tries as his team mates drove him over the line to make it 3-9 and then just before the end he ripped the ball from his opposite number and ran on to score in the corner.

A really tough match that highlighted some areas where extra work is needed, but also went a long way to show what can be achieved with a bit of hard work, teamwork, effort and belief.

FT: OA's 9-4 Camelot
Tries: Ollie, Conor E 3

After a little more training the other Camelot players were joined by a couple of OA "ringers" to play another short match, and again players that might otherwise be lost in a match were forced to take lead roles and manage their own game.

Jack used his strength and brute force to put Camelot 1-0 up before the OA's forced an equaliser. Still, despite the tiredness, heads did not drop, and Jake picked up the ball to run the full length of the field to score his first try for the club and restore Hemel's lead.

The scoring was completed by an OA player...fortunately he was playing for Camelot in this match and as a result his score completed a 3-1 victory, and another very encouraging performance from the team.

FT: OA's 1-3 Camelot
Tries: Jack, Jake, Guest

It was nearly 12.15pm when the final whistle blew and everyone headed to the impressive clubhouse to reflect on a fine morning's rugby...and to finally get out of that bitterly cold wind!!

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Sun 01, Mar 2015



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