U10s Match Report – 3rd December 2017
Eccles RFC vs Sale RFC
Although damp conditions, the temperature this Sunday was much milder. The Eccles U10s had a home game against Sale RFC. The boys had a great turnout and managed to field a full team with one sub every 10 minutes as did Sale RFC.
Squad: Alfie, Connor, Flynn, Alfie Mason, Finley, Max, Michael, Owen, Sandy, Thomas and Tyler
Eccles were so quick off the blocks today that the match reporter nearly missed the first try and saw creative playmaking by Owen who passed to Thomas who pulled away to stretch over the line to get Eccles first try in the first 1 minute of play. Definitely their quickest try of the season so far! The first 5 minutes saw fantastic organization, motivation and strong team play with plenty pressure put on Sale to get out of their own 22. A strong tackle and push forward from Alfie, Finley and Sandy saw a pass to Connor who calmly put it over the line to get Eccles second of the morning. With strong defensive play from Alfie, Flynn and Max, quick passing between Michael, Alfie Mason, and Sandy and strong team defending saw a pass out wide to Tyler who ran to score Eccles’s third try. In the following quarter, there was even more urgency from Eccles who gave a repeat performance – this time demonstrating clever interplay between Thomas, Michael, Sandy and Finley and a final pass to Tyler who attacked with lightning speed to score their fourth try. The last 5 minutes of the first half showed strong determination by the Sale boys but great team spirit and organization from Thomas and Flynn saw Tyler being pushed out to touch and Sandy falling just short of the try line.
After the restart, Eccles broke quickly to make ground. Strong tackles from Alfie, Flynn Finley and Owen saw a well organized ruck where Connor passed to Sandy who passed to Alfie Mason for Eccles fifth try of the match. Good retaliation from Sale and a real team effort saw Owen make a lovely pass to Max who drove forward to pass it to Sandy who edged another couple of yards before passing to Connor to score our sixth try of the match. With slightly more confidence, Eccles U10s began to challenge more balls and push forward with contributions from Connor, Tomas, Owen and a nice pass out to Max in space, giving Eccles their seventh try of the day. From the restart, Sale responded quickly to push into Eccles 22. Good pressure from Flynn, Connor and Owen saw Sale steal the ball and caught the boys off guard to score their first try of the match.
Eccles started the game by creating good, strong drives up the middle with Owen, Max, Michael, Tyler and Sandy showing some strong defensive moves/tackles. From the ruck, a quick pass from Michael to Connor, where Tyler found a gap to pass to Owen to get the eighth try of the match. From the restart, determined, forward play from all of the Eccles team saw clever passes between Finley, Tyler and Alfie to Sandy who scored the ninth try for Eccles. Good forward play from Connor, Alfie Mason and Flynn saw a ruck taking place on the Sale 22. Clever interplay between Connor, Flynn to Tyler who attempted to get down the line again was tackled just before the try line but he cleverly kept the ball in play. Quick thinking and strong defending saw a quick pass from Tyler to Max who passed to Michael to score the final try of the game.
Final Score: Sale RFC 1– 10 Eccles
Men of the match: Excellent team play with all players showing their strongest game so far. Therefore, the whole team gets a mention here – well done boys!