Sedgley Park U12s 21 Hoppers U12s 75
Thank you all for the fantastic efforts put in today in getting the boys to the game. Fortunately the weather held off and a full mornings rugby was enjoyed by all.
Sedgley are a good team and beat us at the Vale of Lune festival last year, they also pushed us all the way in the Lancashire cup so we knew that today was always going to be a real challenge for the boys. The Sedgley coach insisted that he wanted to play his best 13 for the first 30 minutes and their squad had targeted today’s game for a win.
After last weeks reverse against Lymm we were also keen to get back to winning ways, especially with our first Lancs Cup match just around the corner. Going in to today’s game I couldn’t help but feel that we hadn’t quite clicked so far this season.
And then BANG! Our best performance of the season by a country mile. We spoke about a fast start and commitment from the off and that’s exactly what we got. Poor old Sedgley Park just could not live with our awesome forward play. The coaching from Mark was there to see in buckets. Fantastic body positioning, power and hard work created turnover after turnover, again we spoke before hand about denying them the chance to attack by denying them the ball and that’s exactly what the boys did.
Our backs ran with pace and attacked with confidence and needless to say the tries followed. Owing to the fact that the forwards were so dominant it also gave us the chance to move things about and try different players in different positions. Mathew was a complete revelation in second row, punching holes at will in the opposition defence whilst Joseph Gornal and Joe White grew in confidence and stature. Daniel made two heart stopping tackles to deny Sedgley a nailed on try and Shaun had his best ever game for Hoppers.
As far as the final score goes I can only estimate as I was far too excited to count but by my, Jak and Tom Walker’s best efforts we got to 21-75 (by the way how good was Tom Walker!).
All in all it was a fantastic morning and I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did. Unfortunately I will not be around for the next 3 weeks as I am going to be completing my level 1 coaching certificate. Jak will still be coming (he enjoyed himself today as well).
Training at home next Sunday, pitch side 10.15 prompt please.