Wow! Having lost to Belhaven in the Final of the Loretto Sevens at the weekend, we knew they would be a tough nut to crack; indeed, this group of boys had hardly lost a match since U9 level, and had some stand out players which we all saw on Sunday. They moved the ball well, had fast runners and there was a real confidence about their rugby.
Playing our first home game of the season, and without the Captain who was still injured after the sevens, this group of boys rose magnificently to the occasion and played the sort of fast paced, aggressive rugby that we have been working on since the start of the season: we dominated the breakdown area, winning huge amounts of ball, but used it intelligently, varying the game plan with forwards taking it on and then the backs exploiting the space out wide. It was a pleasure to watch from the sidelines, seeing all 13 men handling and running with confidence, using the ball well and taking the game to Belhaven.
What pleased me most is that we made good decisions in all areas of the field. The backs ran at pace and we exploited the new S1 laws with some terrific support play and off loading which kept the ball moving, changed the point of attack and left the Belhaven defenders floundering. It was, in fact 7-7 at half time, with both sides battling hard and we just weren’t quite clinical enough at the start with a few nerves; however, in the 2nd half we really did hit our straps and hopefully have set down a marker for the rest of the season as to how we want to play.
It would be invidious to mention any names today. It was a wonderful TEAM performance, with everyone contributing, working incredibly hard and celebrating in each others’ successes. It was super to see and the team was well led by the vice captain, who ensured his troops never lost their intensity right through to the final whistle.
Thank you, boys. This was something special and it was nice to hear such positive comments about the rugby you played from spectators on the side. Now for another challenge on Friday: we have Fettes and the chance to build on what has been an encouraging start to the season.
We scored a lot of tries!