U13 East Midlands Cup Round 2
After a bad start to the day with people forgetting socks and training tops, we eventually got out of the changing room 20 minutes late for our photo shoot, then there was one that forgot to put a shirt on…..I am sure the pictures look lovely and will have pride of place in our sponsors smallest room!!
After the photos we got down to the serious business of warming the players up. They did not look keen or up for a challenge and so my concerns got deeper. It didn’t help that 5 minutes before kick-off Rory told us he had only played fullback once before and he was rubbish!! Still we carried on knowing he had the talent to carry it off.
Captain for the day Jake Bridges took the team huddle before the start and whatever he said, he needs to say every week.
The game kicked off, us playing up the hill, and while I was having a nice catch up with their coaches, Alex got hold of the ball and bundled through and over the line. Not a bad start. Within a few moments of the restart Dan went over and that opened the flood gates….Another for Alex and 2 for Eniola, one from a delightful pass from Connor after drawing the last man inside, with Sean converting 4 from 5, gave us a 33-0 lead after just 20 minutes of the game. The ref approached to check that once the game got to a 45 point gap, it is officially over. He also told me we wouldn’t be getting any 50/50 decisions. I asked if he had seen our other ref, and that we were used to it!! J
Neb Billington took one of his Sunday morning lay downs so I decided to get all our subs on at the same time to maximise confusion on both sides and Rob. This must have worked as there was no further score before half time despite some good running from the backs, when the forwards actually passed the ball (good lads).
The second half, with us now playing down the slope, was more of the same. We had all the possession and even when we coughed it up, we had the strength up front and the speed and agility in the backs to get it back and overwhelm Peterborough. Xander chased everything that moved like a hungry cheetah after a gazelle!
Try’s from Dan, again, and Billy converted by Harry, saw the score reach the 45 point gap. Their coach agreed to play on and so we did. Dan got another, followed by a lovely move which saw Charlie slide in, in dramatic fashion. Harry being forced to convert with drop kicks because our coach forgot to bring on the kicking cone….useless bloke he is.
With just under 10 minutes left, more changes were made giving players a chance to play in other positions, Connor moved to scrum half after a good showing at 13, Sean moved to inside centre and Rory to outside for his 3rd position of the day. One more try from a good step and offload from Sean which put Rory clean through, again converted. Their coach decided that was enough and ended the game. A stunning 64-0 demolition.
All of the boys put in their best performance of the season, good rucking, strong scrummaging and good tackling from all. I think I even saw a planned move come off from the girls in the backs.