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Rugby round-up: September 17

Rugby round-up: September 17

Photo: Tony Bale

Rydal Penrhos' U13’A’s started the game strongly against a stubborn St Mary’s defence with great carries from Christian Cheesley, Freddie James, Kosi Iwobi and Tom Richards.

The game was opened up with some mazy runs from George Watkins and Jonathon Osbourne resulting in tries towards half time.

We gained more control of the game with some great tackling and turnovers from Zac Roberts, Zac Hay and George. Rydal finished the game with a flourish of tries from great passing from the backs.

An all-round good performance with great tackling, passing and communication.

The U13’B’s tied a thrilling first match of the season 9-9.  There was a great deal to be pleased with given six of the squad were playing their first competitive rugby fixture. 

Gabriel Speakman impressed with his scoring ability out wide and Mathew Johnson and Jaydon Blears carried the ball strongly.  Liam Farrell scored a hat-trick of tries, tackled magnificently and ran strongly.  He was Man of the Match but the whole team should take credit for a very impressive performance.

The 1st XV suffered a second loss in succession against St Mary’s College. The two teams were largely inseparable with the score being 12 - 5 with 10 minutes left in a good game of schoolboy rugby.

At times we looked fantastic, really threatening in attack and quite solid in defence. However, a lack of fitness from the pack resulting in lacks of concentration cost us dearly in the closing 10 minutes and the final score was 31-5. Lessons learned and, hopefully, the result will spur players on to work harder on their fitness.

Another tough fixture for the Colts against St Mary's. Notable performances from Tom Hughes and Aydan Garrod who both defended well. The team is starting to gel, and with a little more structure will create more opportunities. We wish a brave Eddie Hackman a speedy recovery from his broken arm.

This Saturday, a rather depleted U14's squad of 12 players faced a strong visiting side from St Mary's Crosby, who were kind enough to lend a few players to even the numbers. Following a similar theme to last week, Rydal found themselves three tries down in no time at all, owing mainly to some forceful carrying from St Mary's number eight, who wouldn't have looked out of place in our 1st XV. The sides were then carefully managed for the rest of the match, though the damage had already been done, as the effort levels had dropped significantly.

There were some promising signs in the 2nd half, when certain players began to make tackles, showing that it was not the ability, but the attitude that was lacking in this match. Some positivity from the beginning of the match might have produced a different result.

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