Eccles Squad; Danniel, Ollie, Finn, Johnnie, Mathew, Sohan, Seb, Alfie, Maxwell, Charlie.
As the saying goes; this really was a game of ‘three thirds!’
The U8s finally got the opportunity to put into practice the recent hard work from their training sessions, but only once they realised they were in a game and the whistle had been blown 4 times to restart following Blackburn tries!
With at least three good elusive runners to lead their charge, Blackburn certainly caught the Eccles boys cold. It was DoR Bate’s words at the first interval that seemed to shake ’em up into action. Maxwell, Alfie, Ollie and Mathew tightened up the defence with their tag taking before Ollie saw a gap to score in the corner for Eccles’ first try. This was the trigger to explode into some running and handling the coaches and watching parents knew they were capable of. Danniel showed some neat footwork down the wing to grab his first before Maxwell managed to twist himself away from flailing hands to nail a try for himself.
Such is the level these boys are reaching now, the constant changes on and off the playing surface never upset the balance of the team. Blackburn continued to attack and reap their rewards. Ollie got his second with Alfie and Finn grabbing one each. Mathew claimed two and Charlie scored one. The best Eccles move and try came just before the end of the second period; Mathew took the ball up the middle to off-load to Charlie who came on the angle. Charlie then showed lovely soft hands to pop it to Seb who straightened his run then cut-in off a fantastic side step to open a gap! Great try!… we told you, you could do it Seb!
The third period saw the Gorton street youngsters applying more pressure as they took the lead for the first time. Sohan, Finn and Johnnie missed very few tags which halted the ‘Burn attacks. Ollie claimed his hat trick with Finn, Alfie, Mathew – on his birthday- and Danniel all adding to the score line. The last word was left to the visitors though with a great jinking run to score in the corner and bring the scoreline within one try again. Eccles held out as the whistle sounded the end to another well played contest for the boys to enjoy thier sausage & chips… and birthday cake from Mathew!
Coaches perspective; Had we ‘got out of bed earlier’ and not leaked four tries, the result would have been greater; lesson to be learnt but, this is an Eccles trait of some years which we will work on! That said, there was some great ball handling, running lines and tag taking which showed just how the endless ball exercises pay off at game time. The attitude of the boys was also spot on! No one moaned or lost concentration when they were brought off the field which shows just how important rotating players can play a role in the performances. Well done to all.
Thanks to Gerrard from Blackburn for a great evenly balanced game played in the right spirit of rugby!
Training this Sunday 26th Jan 10.30am.