Old Coventrians V KRFC U13's
By Stewart Holford
Tough morning on the road
A new fixture was arranged for us this week. Old Coventrians, a team we have never played before.Four 15 minute sections of play. Here's how it played out.
Two evenly matched sides to start. Both sets of forwards defending well. Charlie in possession & running a hard straight line taking out their defence. Ball out to Freddie who kicks across the field & Oran runs onto the ball & down the line for a try. A very skilful section of play. Coventry on the attack & their hooker makes a great break through the defensive line & it looks like a score but he's gone over the dead ball line, no try. One of Coventry's super fast runners get's caught by Shea, he holds him up well & Kettering force the penalty ( unplayable). Great defensive work. Coventry on the attack again & their winger puts down the gas & he scores. Kettering receive from the kick off & we are making good ground, good footwork from Freddie & ball through hands, working it across the pitch. Coventry in possession now & they make a break & score. Scrum to Kettering & it's a good ball off the back of the scrum to Ben out toTom R & Tom R opts for the inside ball back to Ben. Great section of play.
Coventry kick off, Milo takes the catch & it's out to Tom R on the wing & he runs 3/4 of the pitch to score. Coventry in possession and working through the phases & they've scored. We are putting Coventry under pressure who kick, we don't appear to have a full back but Alex covers it really well. Coventry on the attack again & their winger looks sure to score but Ben with a fantastic tap tackle to stop the try. Kettering with some indecision in their own half, leads to a scrum to Coventry & they work off the back & break our line to score. Coventry on the attack again & looks too easy for them, try Coventry. Kettering not giving up. Some great tackling & Ben with another tap tackle to stop them. Coventry on the break down the wing & another try. We are making good runs into their half but we are too slow to break down & getting turned over at every tackle. Kettering on the attack again & good handling with the ball out to Ben, a show & go & step, he backs himself & it' a great try by Ben. We are still struggling at the break down but the whistle has gone.
Kettering still playing with confidence & trying a chip through, doesn't quite come off. More issues at the ruck but Kettering keeping their heads up. Scrum & Kettering win against the head. Some good phases of play now & Milo in for the score. Coventry kick & Freddie covering at full back. The Kettering forwards are trucking it up the pitch & making good metres, good handling from them as well. Coventry win a free kick on the half way line. They set their hooker up who runs through everybody & scores. Coventry win the breakdown in our half & they run in another try. Coventry kick off & don't make 5m, scrum on the halfway & we win a penalty, Tom H with a tap & go & Coventry deemed to be offside & we win another. Coventry defend well & the whistle has gone.
Kettering scrum in their half, Christian chips the ball through & then kicks it on & touch's down, try Kettering. Great footballing skills. Coventry get the ball out wide, Kettering not really attempting to tackle on the wing & they score. Will L-W caught with the ball & Coventry try to hold him up but Austin powers in & stops it, great team work. More problems at the ruck & Coventry turn it over. Stop in play due to Dan being injured. It's a scrum to Start but Nick is refusing to let the game play on with one of his balls ( he's not loosing a ball, not on his watch). A few handling errors & it's a scrum on our 5m, Coventry in for the score. Coventry on the attack again & they look sure to score but Christian rips the ball on our line and he counters. Coventry on the attack again & this time it pays off for them, Coventry score. Thats time here at Tile Hill Lane.
Tries: Oran 1, Tom R 1, Ben 1, Milo 1, Christian 1
Old Coventrians were a superb side & this is a great fixture for us. We showed some class at times & I love to see the boys play with confidence & skill. We suffered with some of the basics today. I'd like to see the same commitment from all of the players out there on the pitch. We have guys giving they're all but it just feels like some don't have the hunger. We can coach rucking and tackling forever but when your out there on the pitch you have to action it yourself. When you are out there, with your teammates, look around & say to yourself " Am I giving everything I can to my team?"