We were at the picturesque setting of Dore Moor in Sheffield this morning, home to a class outfit of Sheffield Tigers. The players, parents and coaches from both teams are all starting to build a good rivalry and friendship which will be to the benefit of all lads going forwards. We only had 7 available so decided to play 7-a-side which meant our lads had to play non-stop for an hour, a big ask against any team let alone Tigers. We thought best that way to keep them running and stop anyone getting cold in the strong wind but the sun was out and it was dry so no grumbles there! The team consisted of Batley, Pooley, Bayley, Penn, Dunk, Barrett & Fell. Bill Rae also came to watch as he has been training with us and is thinking of signing up. We lost to Tigers last week at the Sandal festival so we knew we were in for a tough workout.
Game 1: Tigers 8 – 11 Scunthorpe
We started like men possessed which set the tone for the day. All lads had their own target to try and reach a specific number of tags each and it was obvious that they wanted to smash that target. 2 or 3 players went in for each tag time and time again. The wind made it difficult to pass but they tried their best. We went into half time 6-3 up. Team talk was short and sweet – keep it going same again please. And that’s what they did. Good start to the day.
Game 2: Tigers 11 – 11 Scunthorpe
This game followed a similar pattern. However Tigers passing game was working nicely which was a great effort in that wind. Passing before and out of the tag was a pleasure to see. Our support play was quality though and we kept our passes short and sharp. Dunk and Barrett were always there supporting the carrier and taking it on time and time again making valuable yards through the middle which is so difficult to defend against. Half time we were 5-4 up and it finished in a draw but could have gone either way.
Game 3: Tigers 10 – 14 Scunthorpe
We saved our best performance for the last game but it didn’t start great. The lads seemed to be tiring a bit, unsurprisingly so but they kept themselves in it at half time going in only 5-4 down. Team talk was that we needed to pick it up and put ourselves about more. We wanted the same 2 or 3 going in for the tag so making themselves big and strong. That’s what happened. In attack we were nothing short of ruthless. Barrett & Pooleys support play of Dunk & Penn trucking it up the middle was a sight to see. I think we scored every time we got the ball in the second half and managed 10 tries in those 10 minutes. The best we had played all season. Batley and Bayley gave us width with their pace and Fell jinked his way past the first man every time. A cracking performance.
Well done all. I hope we can put this kind of performance together at one of the festivals coming up. Tagger of the week went to Dunk. Player of the week went to Barrett. Both had their best games of the season by some way. Next up a Lincolnshire clash against Market Rasen at home.