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Under 13 XV - Match centre

Kettering Rugby Football Club
Rushden & Higham
Sun 26 Nov 10:00 - Friendly Walkover winner: Kettering Rugby Football Club

A Win and Things to Ponder.

Fire it Up Boys.

Let's start with the good news that John Parker is ok, after taking what looked like a hefty knee to the face leaving him bloody and groggy and then taking a trip to Corby and back to Kettering for medical treatment, the care and attention from everyone was just great and I am sure we all send John our best wishes. I can confirm he wasn't on Instagram later when Dylan was trying to check on him, so he was probably getting a well earned rest, see you back soon John.

That injury seemed to create three distinct thirds of the match. Before JI (John's Injury) the forwards newly bolstered by John and Kian, who I thought both had really good games in new positions, carried the ball well and were committed, creating ball that whilst sometimes contested was there to be got away and led to some scores for outside backs, Eshay and Logan.

The second third after JI, there seemed to be a real drop in intensity of forward play with a number of boys hanging back when they needed to be firing in, this allied to a couple of determined disruptive forward players from Rushden meant that at the back of the scrum, ruck and maul things became a mess, with the pack retreating or being in the way leading to half back confusion and Rushden were quick to capitalise and the game became closer than it needed to be, all because boys took a step back and dropped off, if you see a mate go down, you should be firing yourself up, not stepping back.

At the official half time Josh, Simon and Oli stepped into the fray for the forwards and showed how to drive on and through a bullocking determined run for a really unlikely score from Simon, showed what can be achieved by sheer grit. I need to say that is was only unlikely in the fact that Simon was taking on a whole team practically on his own and looked like he had been stopped on more than one occasion, but he just never gave up and kept those legs driving. Josh was strong, and Thomas was his accustomed self, both choosing to run through players rather than using the support, who can blame them when they cause such devastation. Also some really good support running from Hal to finish things off.

In the end a comfortable victory, but for some, things to ponder as an injury despite what it looks like cannot be an excuse to take a step back, it causes problems for the team and not just the individual.

Finally well done Logan on receiving the players' player of the week award.

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