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Under 13 XV - Match centre

St. Ives
Kettering Rugby Football Club
Sun 12 Nov 10:00 - Friendly

Saints Tournament & St Ives (away)

A long weekend

So the Saints tournament, the saints match, St Ives away and for some parents watching their daughters on Sunday afternoon, oh and just to cap it off catching up with the internationals that had been downloaded or recorded. I'm really not sure that is enough rugby.

There was so much it's difficult to know what to say - so I thought I would just pick on one thing.

Rugby is a team game - you win together, you lose together and the boys have to regroup after a tough weekend and try and forge an in this together mentality, you never know when you will need player 28 or 30 to step in and play, make the tackle, make the pass, be in the right position as a support -

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” -Michael Jordan

On Saturday walking amongst a bunch of opposition parents I heard them say, they are a one man team, which is unbelievably ironic as Logan had just scored on one wing and Thomas had just scored on the other. However, there is sometimes a tendency to just rely upon two or three runners to strike from distance and it is simply not necessary and sometimes leads to issues.

Two examples from St Ives - the whole of the very long first two quarters, I saw forwards patting their backsides and a support being right up with them ( I've been watching on Wednesday nights and it's all sinking in), driving the ball forward through numerous phases, leading to tries from ten yards out not half the length of the field.

Then in the third quarter, Josh made a lung busting burst and we just weren't there in numbers, when Josh got tackled, two of the lighter boys were there and St Ives turned it over and ran the length of the field. Support, putting in that effort to get there is unbelievably important, as important as making the run in the first place.

Two final thoughts - defence should not be about a big bunch of people and then a couple on the outside - it should be an iron curtain through which no one passes - which leads me to my final point the tackling machine that is Sam Owen, tall, short, big, small, it makes no difference to Slammin' Sam as a fellow parent I watch in awe and a little trepidation hoping after every hit he gets back up.

“No individual can win a game by himself.” -Pele

So final, final point - it was enlightening and interesting to see up close the Harry Mallinder tan that had drawn such admiration from Macauley!

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