For the final games of the year the Green under 9’s paid visit to one of the strongest teams they will face all season, Hull Ionians. Last week’s performance would need to be forgotten from the off if the under 9’s were to compete today, let alone come away with any victories.
Unfortunately only one pitch would be available so with Otley supposed to be there as well only 9 boys were selected to make the trip, with the remainder of the squad meeting up back in Scunthorpe for training. Batley, Giles, Pooley, Barrett, Chapman, Atkinson, Fell, Penn and Gillespie all made the journey to the north side of the bridge. Otley didn’t come in the end so it was just Ionians and ourselves.
Game one started fiercely with Ionians turning the ball over relatively quickly followed by a well worked try to open the scoring. But, showing some fantastic character, the Greens picked themselves up very quickly and returned with a try from Giles (the first of 8 during the course of the day). A quick turn over and a stunning run from Pooley saw the Greens 2-1 up. By the time the whistle blew the Scunthorpe boys were leading 3-2. The third try again coming from Pooley.
Ionians fielded a different team in the second half, but they received the same treatment from a Scunthorpe side who were looking very sharp in defence and determined with the ball in hand. The second half opened with Scunthorpe turning the ball over whilst pushing the Hull side backwards. The final tackle coming in just inside the Hull half! Again Pooley and Giles were in the mood to score tries and both scored 2 in a half that saw both teams looking more solid in defence. Full time, 7-5 to the Greens.
The second game was very much a similar story to that of the first. Giles again was flying forward at every opportunity, crossing the line a further 3 times. Atkinson, Chapman and Penn all got their names on the score sheet with Atkinson and Fell putting in some big hits. Pick of the bunch was a 20 yard sprint back to cut out an Ionians break through just before the try line, from which the boys managed to turn the ball over with a further 6 tackles on their own line! Chapman, Gillespie, and Penn all powered forward on numerous occasions and made some nice off loads with precision. Full time, 7-4 to the Greens.
By the time game 3 came around Hull were looking jaded and the boys from Scunthorpe were looking ready to take it to them... and that they did! Some outstanding play from Penn and Fell let Atkinson in for the first try. Barrett was in fine form yet again for the Greens putting in some lovely timed tackles and runs forward that showed exactly why he’s one of the hardest players in the Scunthorpe team to bring down. A first half hat trick from Atkinson and a powerful run and try from Gillespie saw the Greens end the first half 4-2 up. The saying goes ‘save the best till last’, and thats exactly what the Greens did. They saved their best performance for the last half of the last game of the year! Try followed by turnover, followed by try followed by turnover saw the greens cross the try line 7 times before Hull could register one of their own. Giles added 3 more to his tally with some fantastic team play. Pooley, Barrett and Batley all brushed off tackles to break though to score a try a piece. With player of the day, Atkinson, wrapping up what was an outstanding performance with a well worked try. Final score, 11-3 to the Greens.
Criticism from last week has certainly been forgotten thanks to what was by far and away the best performance the under 9’s have given since ditching the tag belts. From the players, coaches and parents of the Scunthorpe RUFC under 9’s, have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year!