This was another hugely impressive and dominant performance from the 1stXV as we played St Mary’s down in Melrose on the hottest October afternoon I can remember! 22 degrees it said in the bus, and we should brought taken our cricket gear with us!
For the first time for a couple of weeks, we had everyone available for selection and I was delighted with the ambitious way in which we played, looking to keep the ball alive, off load, move it at pace and keep changing the point of attack. It was good watch and we scored a lot of very well worked tries in the 40 minutes we played. St Mary’s had really tested us in the semi finals of the Loretto Sevens, so were no push over, but we never let them get a sniff of the ball in the first half as we made big holes in the midfield and had runners out wide to exploit the space.
The 2nd half started a little scrappily as we made a few errors, and perhaps a bit of complacency had set in, but the final ten minutes saw us dominate once again, defending well as a unit, tackling, jackling and scoring some well deserved tries before the final whistle.
In that heat, the fast paced game we played was impressive. For two weeks running, we have played some outstanding rugby, dominated possession, not given the opposition a sniff, and come away with big wins. This group of boys are gelling into a terrific unit: they all work for each other, they are well led by the Captain, and are hungry for success. It bodes well for the tests to come, but all four teams we have played so far have been no push overs, yet we have played all the rugby, shown ourselves to be a real team and I cannot wait for the final two games of this half term, and then it's the biggies when we return after a break.
Very well done indeed, boys.
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