With bad weather due for the afternoon the Greens under 9s entertained Market Rasen and Hullensians for an entertaining morning of rugby. The boys turned up a bit more awake this morning with the last few weeks having been very slow starts.
The first game began fantastically for the under 9’s against Market Rasen with Pooley scoring the opening try thanks to some brilliant play from Barrett who shimmied through part of the defence and managed to lay the ball off mid tackle. This was then followed by a patch of play in which both teams exchanged turnovers. Despite a lot of these being down to good defending, frustratingly some of these were down to individual errors be it running into touch or knock-on’s. Finally this passage of play was brought to a close thanks to some great ball work from Scunthorpe, this in turn set up Barrett who was able to run the ball home from 20 yards. This was then followed one of the most bizarre moments of the season. 5 yards from the try line a Rasen player was tackled and released the ball forward, this then came to rest over the try line. With the players all standing for what seemed an eternity, waiting for the referee to make his decision, a Rasen player walked over and picked the ball up. The referee immediately awarded a try and criticised the Scunthorpe players for not playing to the whistle. A blatant knock-on not given to the dismay of the young Greens. Half time 2-1.Market Rasen got us under way for the second half and began brightly forcing the ball over the try line with great strength. Again this half was full of turns over’s, again from great defensive play and mistakes being made by both teams. During one such mistake Pooley capitalised by collecting the ball and steaming though from deep to put the Greens one up again. Again though Rasen came back, and again it was in fortunate circumstances. Two missed forward passes from the referee saw Market Rasen storm forward to pull the game level. This was followed by another try to Rasen from deep inside their own half. Full time 3-4 to Rasen.
Game two again started well for Scunthorpe. After strong runs forward from both Gillespie and Chapman who both managed to gain good distance, Atkinson shimmied past a defender to give the Greens an early lead. After a tentative half there was to be only one further try. Great tackles from Szynal and Sowerby, who were both enjoying themselves, saw the ball turn over in Scunthorpes favour. From the turnover Atkinson dotted the ball over the try line. Half time 2-0. The second half continued in the same vein. Donskoy capitalised on a dropped ball by a Rasen player to dive on it which was already over the try line, the referee pulled him to one side to confirm that he had indeed scored the try. Penn tackled well to help turn the ball over which resulted in a Chapman try thanks to yards gained by Gillespie. The final try of the game came from Giles, who eats up the ground like a gazelle and miraculously ran away from 3 tackles to sprint to the line. Full time 5-0. Good defence lads.
The third game of the day saw a very one sided first half. Tries from Pooley, Giles and Penn saw the Greens take a 7-0 lead at half time. Bursting through a gap in the defence and then outpacing the remaining players Giles capitalised on space. The Rasen back line struggled with the pace of the quicker Scunthorpe players throughout the morning. The second of Pooleys 4 tries saw Penn heading for the try line before being shoulder barged to the floor. The support from his team mates was incredible, the ball was very quickly given to Pooley who flew straight threw to the try line. Half time 7-0. The second half as a completely different story with Market Rasen playing really well and scoring the only two tries. Full time 7-2.
The fourth game against Rasen was another good defensive effort. Line speed was a pleasure to see. Dunk, Fell and Davey-White put in some good hits time and time again. Batley used his footwork to create space outside which resulted in a solid 5-1 win for the greens.
The fifth and toughest game of the day came against a solid Hullensians team who ran straight and hard and tackled well which they have learned from their rugby league coaching. It was a pretty tight contest but they ran out deserved victors 5-4 in the end.
Tackler of the day went to Davey-White and Player to Roberts who was making his debut and got properly stuck in.