U13s tight defeat at home to Weston Super Mare
Very tight game which could have gone either way
We were at home to Weston Super Mare and there was a belief that this could be a very tight game; which proved to be the case. It was a very physical game and due to half term, we were missing quite a few of our squad.
The game started well, with Will and Louie driving the Weston defence back on to their try line and we were very close to scoring our opening try, however excellent defence stopped us. Leaving Weston to hit us on the counter attack to score the first try. It did not take long for Louie to produce some excellent work in the ruck, which allowed Morgan to sprint down the wing with great support play from Bobby, Morgan off loaded the ball to him enabling us to level the game. It was very even, with both teams counter rucking really well but allowing the ball to be turned over time and time again. Ellis and Fletcher were almost able to get through with good strong runs, but were just unable to finish the move.
Weston scored early on in the second quarter catching our defence napping with another fast run down the wing. Again, we were able to level up quickly with Morgan brilliantly turning the ball over in the ruck allowing Devan to produce a strong run into the Weston 22, before producing an excellent 1-2 with Bobby, opening up Weston's defence and score under the posts. The rest of the quarter was really tight, Curtis, Archie and Cullen working hard in the rucks and Cobey producing an excellent tackle to stop a certain try. Half time score was 2-2.
The third quarter started with Weston attacking our try line but we managed to keep them out time after time, with some brilliant strong tackles with particular mention to Fletcher making lots of leg tackles bringing the Weston players down. Weston, however kept patient and were able to finally score making the game 2-3. After some strong play, Will almost scored, but just came up short. Weston on the counter attack almost got through, however Tom was able to use his pace to tackle the winger stopping again an alomost certain try. The boys pressed hard continuing to push Weston back, Ollie making some excellent runs and Ben T working hard in the rucks. The ball was being passed from one wing down the line, and Will again almost got over the try line; from the resulting ruck, Tom picked up and skipped past a couple of tackles to score. Not long after a loose ball on the half way line was again picked up by Tom, who skipped and swerved past many tackles to score an excellent try in the corner. This was the first time we were in the lead, which almost increased when Fletcher drove through and popped the ball up to George V but he was unfortunately unable to get past the final tackle.
Weston came back strongly in the last quarter and we struggled to get out of our 22, even though we were putting in some hard tackles and turning the ball over a few times. We were just unable to keep them out as they scored twice more to take the lead. With only 5 minutes to go, Louie produced a fantastic back handed pass to Morgan, who was so fast that he left 3 or 4 Weston players on the floor as they tried to tackle him; Morgan was able to get over the try line to level the game. The last minute or so, we were pushing for the winning try, being patient and pushing them back near their try line. Unfortunately, we tried to force it a little bit too much allowing Weston to counter attack and for them to score the winner, losing the game 5-6.
During the game we had quite a few injuries with Ellis, Ted, and Leon all taking knocks and with Ben B sick (hope you all get better soon). For the first time this season we did not have many subs, which meant many players had to play the whole game. Great effort today boys as this could have gone either way today. Also, thanks to Max for refereeing the game. Thanks again to Evan for supporting the team while he is out injured.
Tries - Bobby, Devan, Tom(2), Morgan