We had a good turn out this week and our press-ups for late comers rule was really well received by everyone who arrived on time. Coach Iain, our resident medic, was on hand to provide assistance to the dads of late players who also had to “drop and do 10”.
We kicked off with some drop kick practice and although George Ford’s England place is not yet under threat we are making some progress. Players now have a good understanding of the basics of the kick and were practicing them at every opportunity for the rest of the session.
We then worked on some tackling fundamentals and we are less rusty than might be expected early in the season. We finished off our skills section of the practice with a pod based rucking drill; two extra players in the ruck make it seem a bit crowded. Everyone is getting to grips with the complexity of the gate although Connor switching from defence to attack seemed a bit opportunistic.
We had a very competitive game and as usual some big hits were flying in and we scored some really good tries. Players are still a bit unsure on when to kick but Jamie is really doing his best to figure this out. Try of the game was Callum’s at the end of the session and showed how holding the ball in two hands can put pressure on the defence.