By Matt Longman
Dryer than we thought it was going to be!
When the alarm went off on Sunday morning, parents looked out of the window, and it’s fair to say that most thought there was little hope of a match given the monsoon outside. How wrong were we? Match on came the Facebook shout and when we got to Bude it had dried up to a reasonable morning. The lads to took it all in their stride and all twelve who showed up played a big part in the game. We’d worked hard on running onto the ball in training nights, and a lot of players put this into practice during the match to cause mayhem for the Bude defence. So much so in fact, that the two team coaches had to have a brief a discussion about the legalities of it but Nigel Owens was later seen to Tweet out that Launceston was completely in the right. Both Ed and Seth were later given a players award for particularly working on their running lines which resulted in some spectacular runs up the field. Both of them had a stand out game. A couple of ‘Hollywood passes’ were tried during the match (trying to throw the ball the width of the pitch) which was a fantastic opportunity to learn why we don’t do them - because we lose the ball and get turned over - but this quickly settled down. What the team showed then was that by be a bit calmer under pressure and either going to ground or offloading to the nearer players, we can really put people into some space and score some tries. Our defensive play continues to improve with tackling skills going from strength to strength. The third and final players award of the day went to Joshua for having a second week of high work rate and for really upping his tackles. As the end of the season starts to approach, it feels like the Launceston U9’s are really gaining some momentum and it’s all starting to make some real sense on the pitch.