U12A Rugby lost to SMC.

U12A Rugby lost to SMC.

A close encounter with lots of positives.

Despite losing, this was a terrific game of rugby playing to the new P7 SRU Age Grade Law Variations, which have been introduced to encourage the ball to be in open play more often and to reduce the importance of the breakdown area. To this end, we saw the laws work very well as both sides moved the ball well in to space and the support play was excellent. Having been all square at half time, we were undone in the 2nd half as our defence was less assured and we did not come up together as a line to prevent the fast Stew Mel boys exploit the space; there was a lack of talking throughout the match and this is something that we need to develop when these boys play for the 1st and 2ndXVs for the rest of the season. Tiredness was a factor too later on, but working hard together, communicating and helping each other both with and without the ball is something that was lacking a bit this afternoon; only having two players contest the breakdown took a bit of getting used to, and the first two there must be more aggressive and get over the ball faster. We scored some terrific team tries and the game was a terrific spectacle for those watching on the sidelines, and it was lovely to receive comments about the rugby we played from the opposition coaches and parents. As always, we learn from every game, and I am looking forward to seeing how these boys react next week when the 1stXV and 2ndXV begin their seasons. It promises to be an exciting term of rugby!

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