1stXV 63 Ardvreck 7
The final game of what has been a very successful first half of term saw the 1stXV take on our old friends and rivals in green from Crieff. It was a glorious autumnal afternoon with bright sunshine albeit a little soft underfoot, and after another excellent week’s training, the boys were very keen to put in a performance to finish the first half of the season in style. However, it must be said that our first half display was rather disappointing: too many balls were dropped and we rather snatched at things, displaying a little frustration that things would not quite go our way. We scored three trees, conceding one right on the whistle, but we spoke frankly and honestly at half time about what was expected, how we wanted to play and the marker we wanted to lay down before the considerable challenges that we will face after half term.
We ran in 8 unanswered tries after the break as we cut loose, were far more clinical and played with real intensity. It was good to watch and a real statement of intent, certainly! I said to them afterwards that when things do not quite go our way, at this age, it is really hard to break free of that and turn things around. We might easily have scored three or four tries in the 2nd half and been happy with that; however, this group of boys have other ideas and I was hugely impressed with how they reacted, worked harder and put Ardvreck under pressure all the time.
No Seb today, but this allowed others to step up. We made three changes at half time too, to shake things up a bit and it worked wonders! That is what is so impressive about this group of boys: competition for places is fierce, yet everyone understands that you are only as good as your last performance and this is what drives us on. We have yet to put in the complete performance this term, but hopefully against the top opposition, we shall front up, stand tall and fight tooth and nail. We have a team of real warriors, with an unbending competitive spirit and a strong beating heart; it is this which we shall need to call on when we return after half term when we face fixtures which will be true test of where we are as a team and how we shall be judged.
Mouth watering. I cannot wait.
Well done, boys. Unbeaten and playing well and developing some really good rugby habits as a team. After half term, the real business end of the season begins, so rest up, and return excited for the challenge!
Good luck to those playing in the Ardvreck 7s on the final weekend of half term. It is the top 7s tournament at our age group, and I have high hopes that we can do the sevens double…..can we really?