An early start to the day saw the Green under 9’s travel west to Leeds for a double header against West Park and Bramley. A tough morning of rugby ahead would test the boys from Scunthorpe who are gearing up for festival season.
After a warm up to help sharpen the minds and techniques of the boys the games began. The squad were as usual split into two and went separate ways to play matches against West Park.
Pitch one saw the Greens enjoy a slender win in what was a hotly contested opening game. West Park took an early lead with quickly worked try down the centre, however Penn, who was in fine form throughout the day, pulled the scores level just moments later. Some fine tackling saw the Greens turn the ball over twice and capitalise with two wonderful tries. With Pooley forcing the ball over the line for his first of the day and Penn using some lovely footwork and finishing his run off to power through a tackle and place the ball over the line, the Greens found themselves 3-1 to the good. This soon changed as West Park fought back to pull the scores even to 3-3 before the whistle blew for half time. The 2nd half started very brightly for Scunthorpe who scored 3 unanswered tries. Penn completed a fine hat-trick with a direct run into the corner. Pooley then completed his hat-trick, his second of the game coming from a lovely pass mid tackle from Batley, his second was a swift individual run from the half way line. West Park again mounted a comeback, the first of their tries came from a strong run from a player who the young Greens had been slightly tentative with all game. The second was a well worked team try. The final whistle blew with the Greens winning 6-5. On pitch two the other half of the squad completed a 7-4 win over West Park with Gillespie to the fore charging around like a rhino.
The teams swapped around for the third game of the morning. A close first half saw both teams play some good rugby. It was Scunthorpe who opened the scoring with Atkinson collecting the ball in the middle of the field and running wide right to outpace the West Park defence. West Park took the lead with two tries straight down the middle of the Scunthorpe defence. Scunthorpe, who were undeterred by their bigger opposition came back to pull the game level just before the half time whistle. Giles, who seems to score only brilliant tries, set off on one of his mazy runs. The results usually end with a try, and this was no different. Half time score, 2-2. After their half time team talk the Greens took to the pitch looking very confident. So it was no surprise when Giles scored two further tries to put the under 9’s 4-2 up. West Park tried and tried to get through the Scunthorpe defence, however they struggled. Instead it took a huge and quite impressive pass out wide to an unmarked player for West Park to score their only try of the half. With West Park looking to capitalise on their try, Scunthorpe looked to increase their one try lead. Some lovely interchanging passes from Chapman and Sowerby resulted in Atkinson being found out wide, with a stalling run and a cut inside the resulting try was scored. Moments later Sowerby again linked well, this time with Giles, with the later steaming through to the finishing line. Full time score 6-3.
The final game against West Park was somewhat of a one sided affair. Opening the scoring with his first ever try since joining the under 9’s a month ago was Roberts with a lovely glide through a gap in the opposition defence. This was a thoroughly deserved try as he really has shown great progress in such a short space of time. Roberts second of the game came with some nifty footwork and pace to break through a leaky West Park defence. Pooley scored two tries, his second saw him collect the ball at pace as it bounced around the floor, and he continued his run unopposed to the try line. Within moments Barrett completed the exact same feat as he also collected the ball as it bobbled around the field. Chapman also got himself on the score sheet with a wonderfully worked team try as the play helped stretch the defence wide open. Full time 9-0 to Scunthorpe.
The final game of the day saw Bramley being the opponents. The whole squad was brought together for this game with every player playing some part against some big lads in the Bramley setup. Again this game was one sided with Scunthorpe coming out on top. Bramley ran straight and hard but we managed to chop them down low and through some quick play the ball, we used our pace out wide which was a delight to see. Pooley and Giles collected hat-tricks, Atkinson and Penn with a brace a piece and Barrett claiming the final try of the day the final whistle blew with the final score at 11-4.
This was one of our best performances of the season. All 12 lads were on it today and they all could have won tackler and player but in the end Pooley scooped tackler of the day and Penn player of the day. Must keep this up now please.