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Sun 24
A & C (B)
Under 15s
MK win first league match

MK win first league match

By Hugh Lloyd-Knibbs
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Hard fought victory was built on great defense and hard running in attack.

After the long journey to Amersham MK had to make some positional changes to the line-up with a number of players unavailable. Hard work at the break down with George, Aiden and Michael winning quick ball saw Darius make a break from a ruck, smash through several tackles and score unopposed under the posts with a conversion from Dan following. This appeared to wake up A&C who looked to move the ball wide when possible and increasing pressure saw them score following a mistake by MK in their own in goal area.
In a game full of ebbs and flows, with the ref looking to play advantage and give the player space to move the ball, both side looked to play running rugby and it was a tense affair. Although competitive in the scrums MK struggled to win their own ball and eventually A&C broke down MK defense to score an unconverted try.
In the second half A&C saw plenty of the ball and often kicked tactically to gain territory. This paid off with MK camped on their own goal line defending for all they were worth and keeping the opposition at bay with Bailey, Zach, Darius putting in some great tackles in the tight and Tom and Jake in the backs.
Having resisted the pressure MK moved the ball down the field and Darius again made a break to score under the posts. From the kick off MK failed to field the ball and A&C made ground to within 5 metres of the MK line. Following a couple of penalties A&C kicked the ball wide to their winger who scored unopposed.
A&C again used their kicking skills to push MK back into their 22 but this time Dan decided to run back, after beating a couple of players he was tackled but MK recycled the ball quickly and moved the ball down the back line, creating space for Alex to make a break and go the length of the field to score under the posts. Fabian made the conversion.
A&C continued to move the ball and put pressure on MK but all the forwards competed well at the ruck and mauls. Their greater fitness starting to make a difference so when MK moved the ball wide, with James and Zach linking well with the backs, MK started to make ground again. Tristan took quick ball from a ruck, sold the sweetest of dummies to create a gap and go over unopposed with Fabian again making the conversion.
This was a tense, hard fought win with MK only opening up the score line in the final few minutes. It was good to see some of the training starting to be put into practice, great to see all the players putting in tackles and competing for the ball. It was also good to see the whole squad together in the Club house and behaving impeccably.
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Sun 24, Nov 2013