Casuals V Kettering U13’s
By Stewart Holford
We had a good turnout of 20 players making the short trip over to Northampton. Casuals had a good size squad of mixed ability players. We felt it was only right that we opened this up for all to play as we do with as many of our fixtures as we can. It was agreed that 2 x25 minutes were to be played
Casuals kicked off and looked to be putting a bit of pressure on us. Charlie made a great run through the middle leaving a trail of destruction but we lost the ball in a maul. Casuals moving the ball through the hands well but Fraser reads the pass with a great interception and runs in our first try . Kettering putting on more pressure and Casuals get penalised for a high tackle, it’s a tap and go from Tom H , ball out to Freddie who scores. A few handling errors in the next passage of play but the boys gather themselves and Freddie is in with another try. Forwards are working well and Toby makes a good break with some great hand offs. Casuals are defending well and there is a lot of play in the middle of the park. Casuals 9 is causing havoc and disrupting our 9 at the scrum. We secure the ball and it’s out wide to Rory for a try. We are keeping possession well and pressuring Casuals on their 5m line but we give away numerous penalties. We keep the pressure on and ball moving through hands really well. Brilliant off load by Dan to Rory who runs in the try.
We have a change of personal and Casuals take full advantage of this and camp out on our 5m. Kettering continue to give penalties away which puts them under more pressure. Leo tackling well and a try saving tackle from him. We gather the ball and Charlie makes a break. Casuals defend well and there is a lot of loose ball from both sides. Charlie gathers and makes a great break and scores. End of the first half.
Casuals come out with real intent, Kettering kick off but Casuals run in their first try. Good gather from Leo at the restart, ball moves through hands well out to Freddie who works some magic and scores. Another break from Charlie who’s goes over for another try. Good runs from Christian and Fraser linking up well and Fraser over for a try. Forwards working really well, great pick up from the floor by Dan and out to Bryce, good run from Bryce who takes about 5 casuals to stop him.
Casuals on a break and work really hard to score, a well deserved try by them. Kettering continue to move the ball well and Oran in for a try. Casuals are suffering a few injuries so Freddie goes to be their full back, great support from the Kettering players and parents all cheering for Freddie. Casuals forwards make a good break and we struggle to tackle them. Good defence by Kettering and it’s time here at Rushmills.
Try’s: Fraser 2, Freddie 3, Rory 2, Charlie 2 and Oran 1
Beefburgers: Charlie 6
Ketchup shots: Alfie 1
Another good morning of Rugby, some good skills on display but we can always find things to work on. A great squad effort today with everyone putting in a good shift. The only negative being our new manager getting the start time wrong, the coaches had a heated debate and we have decided to give him another chance. Have a good holiday Mr Bowman