Having suffered defeat earlier in the week, we worked on things that needed improving for today’s match in our training session yesterday. We began well, spreading the ball wide and supporting the ball carrier. Within 3 minutes we were two tries up and had definitely started with a positive attitude. James was tackling everything in sight and working really hard for the cause. When we moved 3 tries clear, we sat back and allowed Fettes to get into it with two quick scores. However back we came through Rory who scored his second just after Glen was well-tackled. Fettes replied with a well-worked try before, on the final play before half time, Hugo found some space to break through the tackle and the lead was 5-3.
Fettes started the brighter of the two teams in the second half. They looked for gaps, stepped well to avoid contact and ran at pace, supporting the ball carrier well. Our tackling was not up to the standard it was in the first half with the rare exception from Cody where he adopted the tap-tackle approach but Fettes were good at offloading from the ground and had players in space. We didn’t hold our shape well in defence and they found it easy to score. Our only bright moment came when we got the ball wide and made a good couple of off-loads to put Ollie in for a try – his quick feet and darting run made him difficult to stop. However, it didn’t take Fettes long to score a few more and as their momentum grew, our heads dropped and people went missing. A few players kept battling but we found it difficult to get back into the game given Fettes’ defence.
Man of the match today was James who tackled extremely well and although he did not make every tackle, his effort and commitment to get stuck in and work hard for the team was second to none. Well tried boys, a game of two halves, certainly but we will pick ourselves up and work on things in training on Monday and Tuesday ahead of what will be a tough trip to Melrose on Wednesday.