Eccles U9s v Leigh – Home – Sunday 13th March 2016

How did the U9s play? In a word – BRILLIANT! The best we have ever played both individually and as a team.

Perfect conditions, soft underfoot with warm sun on our backs. We were missing Nathan, Tommy and Mitchell so I was expecting a bit of a drubbing, considering they had 16 players to our 10.

Team: Archie, Ben, Charlie, Guy, Jack, Josh, Lewis, Lucas, Mikey and Reece

Leigh started the first game and looked to run things up the middle but our defence was up to the challenge – the usual suspects of Ben, Lewis, Jack and Josh putting in their now customary defensive hits but everybody was up to it. The game to-fro’d for a few tries as we held Leigh up on our own line for 2-3 sets of tackles without conceding.

Archie was playing in the “dummy half” role and relished the challenge set by me to get there first and LOOK at his team-mates as he was picking the ball up – couple of missed passes going directly to outside team-mates (Lewis and Jack I think) for scores.

Another big positive was the support and quick play the balls/ off-loads/ passing phases which had Leigh on the back foot throughout

All in all we played 4 quarters of very close competitive rugby in pretty much the same vein and I think we just edged them all by 1-2 tries.

The commitment and skill shown by all the lads was better than anything previously on display.

Special mention’s for Charlie – who at one stage in quarter 3 (I think ) single handedly made 4 consecutive tackle in our own quarter…!!! One for Josh for another fearless display of Lewis Moody-esque tackling, scoring another late try with a jinking run and “I`ll smash through those big lads” dive (I was wincing…!!)

On the day everybody got and deserved great praise from Coaches and parents alike, but MY MOM goes to Mikey for stepping up 2-3 notches and carrying some great balls in and driving forward with great determination!

Really proud of them all

Oh yeah – must mention Reece for continuing his tackling display from Weds training session into the game, like a little Wasp…!!!

Martin