Sunday saw the first contact game for the U9s down at Gorton St for the U9s.
Eccles Squad; Danniel. Ollie. Maxwell. Finn. Alfie. Sohan. Mathew. Seb. Jonnie. Jake. Benjamen
In a great contest both teams played with conviction, determined to put into practice everything they had being training for pre-season.
At the first whistle, Eccles took the ball straight into contact to set up a tremendous drive which the fist team pack would have ben proud of! Unfortunately, the laws of the game at this level don’t allow for a traditional flying-wedge style drive! This handed posession to Sedgely to set up their first forage into the Eccles half, and their intentions were obvious! With at least three good sprinters across their line, they soon punished a missed tackle to score in the corner.
This galvanised the Eccles boys with Maxwell, Mathew and Finn surging into the tackle zone with Danniel acting as scrum half. It took a while to realise that the supporting player has to pass from the base of the breakdown, but with Alfie ‘switched on’ in the middle of the action, Eccles were able to launch their own attack down the flank. At 1-1 apiece, there was no room for half hearted committment, and neither team were prepared to play like this!
SP took the lead again after an attack down the wing. A wonderful side step to cut inside saw a deserved score. Jake, on his debut, proved an asset in the tackle area and blended with his new team mates to perfection. Sohan followed the game plan by securing the middle as Max showed lovely technique with his body positioning into contact.
Mathew took the constant pain in his stride as it took three SP defenders to slow him down time and again. Its a shame we couldn’t exploit the spaces that we created. Again, a SP attack was launched after a loose Eccles ball in posession. Seb showed the attributes of a fine winger in the making as well as some try saving tackles. He took his own line down the right wing to sneak in at the corner.Both his and Jonnies wing play give a real potential attacking option. Both boys regularly swapping wings to add confusion in the opponents defence. Half time 2-3.
The second period introduced a few fresh legs for ‘Park, but the Eccles boys realised they had to concentrate more than ever as they began to tire. Ollie desperately wanted the ball to show what he can do, and after his trade mark snaking run, he ‘scored’ over the first white line he saw! In the confusion, Seb picked the loose ball up to place it over the ‘correct’ line to claim the score – and his second on the day! Unlucky Ollie!
With the game finely balanced, Park picked up their attacking speed again with some wonderful running with the ball, to cross for the next score.
It was Benjamen who claimed the next try after some great ball presentation and passing from Danniel and Alfie. Ben took the ball cleanly at pace to set off in a diagonal line towards the try line (reminiscent of his dad’s talents I say!). In a sprint for the line, with three ‘Park defenders in close attention, Ben planted the ball to some appreciative applause.
As the game came to an end, the organisation of the ‘Park team was enough to win the game, and deservedly so.
Despite this, for their first game of contact rugby, the Eccles boys were by no means shamed. Their committment and desire will complete the article very soon! The coaching staff and the watching parents are very proud indeed.
One or two things to work on in training this week, but we’ll put this right!
This Sunday 5th October; Away in the Rossendale Tournament. 10.00am KO