U11As lose a close game to St Mary's

U11As lose a close game to St Mary's

Some super rugby on show by both teams

On a quite stunning Wednesday, we headed down the A68 to Melrose to take on St Mary’s. We began well with a terrific try from James showing his pace to run around the outside after a well- timed pass from Hector. However, we gifted the home team a try when we threw a loose ball and it was intercepted. St Mary’s then scored again after some good build up play. We were coping well at the break down and winning lots of ruck ball. Cody was on hand to deliver the ball to Rory at fly half and when it went wide, Luca touched down in the corner and we were back in it at 2-2. However, from a set piece, we allowed their centre the freedom to pick a gap and he made it 3-2 to them at the break. We were still in the game and at half time, we talked about looking after the ball properly and making more penetrating runs. Chay did this really well in the second half and made some good ground. Despite a good opening couple of minutes to the half, St Mary’s got on the front foot and stretched their lead quickly to 5 tries to 2 after some poor tackling. 

We then got completely sucked in and caught ball-watching after a tap penalty. Through an outrageous dummy that our entire defence bought, the St Mary’s player was allowed to run into the corner unchallenged. We then began to play some lovely interchanging passes through Alexander, Hector, Murray and Rory and we caused them problems when Albie carried it forward and then Cody made a good dart for the line. It was a bit of scramble but Hugo picked up and pounced over in the corner. Frustratingly, all our hard work was immediately undone when St Mary’s tapped and passed and our defence parted like the Red Sea and they had a 4 try cushion again. James scored his second before their best player got his 3rd or 4th and that was the full time whistle. The score line of 8-4 doesn’t reflect the balance of play as we did some really great stuff today; just a few missed tackles at crucial times cost us. Rory was our man of the match today as he had to put in a number of tremendous tackles and made some great breaks but well done to Cody, Chay and James for stepping up again as Under 10s and not giving up.

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