U11 Braemar cup V Farnham Lions
By Jackie Lewis
A great days rugby once the rain moved on
The Lions, designated Farnham (Surrey!) B1, started out the blocks slowly against Chobham B1 and took until the 2nd half to get a score on the board and came away with a 2-2 draw after good tries from Holden and Goldsworth. Our 2nd match, against Dorking B1, was a one-sided affair with the Lions going down 1-5. Dorking were extremely well-organised and ran the ball wide often, capitalising on some poor defence by us. Tomkinson’s try, crashing over after a pacey burst from 20 yards out; and Tipple’s industry in the ruck were stand-out performances.
The team definitely got their heads back in the 3rd game against Wimbledon B1 and the 2-2 score didn’t do justice to how the boys sorted out their rucking and passing. Sheard and Goldsworth were able to use 5th and 6th phase ball respectively to score two tries against a fired-up Wimbledon B1.
We switched pitch for the last two games and the boys came through quite a few knocks and scrapes to beat Sutton and Epsom B1 and Cobham B2 with some great running, particularly Hills, Sheard, Tomkinson, HInchcliffe and Quick. Hills in particular was very effective in taking the ball into contact and generating clean ball for the team to capitalise on. At this point my meticulous record keeping let me down and I recorded neither the score, nor the scorers, it was *that* exciting.
My players of the day were Hills and Tipple, for straight running, tackling and attitude. Overall the team rucked really well, spoiling and creating a lot of chances in the short-game. Passing down the line was difficult throughout as the boys drifted in flat lines, sometimes passing forward rather than back! The Lions are definitely gelling as a team, evident in the way they all wanted to get stuck in following some ‘afters’. A great day’s rugby once the rain moved on.