Team Performance shines through.
It felt a bit chillier on Sunday morning, proper rugby temperature, well for spectators anyway and there were lots of us, even more players which was nice to see. Just a little bit concerning that for the ones of us who had arrived early the possibility of no game was beginning to look like a reality - until after ten, but Oundle finally appeared.
I am not sure if the Under thirteens' backs had discussed how to wind up Tim and Toby, but they really did their best in a warm up drill that saw passes to no one, over running the ball and more drops than a drunk waiter in a restaurant. The forwards were lost in their own planking and cuddling, having played in the scrum at school I always thought all you had to do was 'see ball, find ball, get ball' all seems much more complicated now.
The Under thirteens' played four quarters, with plenty of interchanges ensuring that everyone got a game and some times in different positions, not sure that forwards were being told to play in the centre and backs as forwards, but come ruck and maul time we seemed to interchange positions, not I am sure what was planned.
However, the contest was pretty much over after Tom scored three quick tries, not sure if he was told after that to not score or ensure others scored, but there were a number of other beneficiaries of his line breaks. Customary tries for Lewis and Logan and a very determined try for Nate with interesting new hair colour! Go faster stripes maybe.
Oundle never gave up and scored two nice team tries, where the Kettering boys had either dropped off and started missing tackles either through tiredness, lack of fitness or a mental drop off.
A relatively comfortable morning, no injuries, plenty of tries and plenty of smiling faces off and on the pitch.
The very smart Kettering boys were left feeling hungry for more next week at home against Lutterworth.