KRRC U13s v Leicester Forest AWAY
Complete performance by Kettering
Kettering U13s made their way to Leicester Forest for the first time on Sunday the 11th of March. The facilities were impressive, esp with the addition of an all weather pitch.
The U13s, would have enjoyed a game on the astro type surface but we had a decent crowd supporting the game as we played in front of the clubhouse on the traditional grass pitch, albeit a tad muddy! Prior to kick-off both sets of coaches decided on playing three thirds to allow for easier player substitutions and therefore spread the game time evenly amongst both squads.
Kettering players led their own warm up and game prep. During the warm up KRFC players seemed a little game rusty, mainly due to the recent poor weather and multiple cancelled games preceding this fixture. Any concerns from the coaches over a 'quiet' warm up were put to bed as soon as the kick-off whistle blew, the Kettering team turned their 'rugby switches' to the 'on' position and started assertively.
The first few phases saw Kettering stick to their game plan and score from a forward effort of pick and goes that resulted in a score. The next couple of Kettering scores were as a result of wider longer range strike runs. As the game progressed KRFC U13s had a nice balance of gaining territory in the forwards and powerful/pacey running from the backline. There were some attacking kicking options experimented with too, its nice to see players trying these things in game situations....it's even better when they create scoring opportunities.
Kettering also defended superbly well, often spending lengthy spells keeping back a determined Leicester Forest out of our try line. The Kettering defence did allow a couple of scores to break their lines but generally competed very well. The tackling across the team was good but also the decision making of when to compete/jackal versus when to reset the defence showed another level of maturity and development.
Leicester Forest asked a lot of questions and gave us some coaching points to work on. Their counter-rucking was exceptional and really spoilt our attacking ball.
Overall, a pleasing game for Kettering, a lot of elements are coming together and proving we are very much multi-dimensional and with the 2 extra players next season there is a lot more to come.
Once the final whistle had been blown, the team celebrated Dylan's birthday, as they do every player.......with the wet bumps!
The players 'player of the week' was awarded to Simon. Simon had a great day, taking a lead with assertive defensive decision making and spoiling a lot of Leicester Forest's ball by snaffling at every opportunity. Well done.
Post match, great to see so many players showering, changing into shirt and club ties and eating together.