Preston Grasshoppers 10 -
Now that wasn't a score line I expected when I set off this morning. I knew we had a good chance of competing with them, but certainly not blowing them away as we did. In quite challenging conditions, snow, rain, it was pretty cold, and the handling was tested to the max. The pitch held out quite well considering, certainly not ideal. What worries me, is that if it was firm ground, how many more tries would we have scored!!!!!
The game started off quite competitive, both sides making strong runs and rucking well. It was as expected, a tough initial first five minutes, but the deadlock was soon broken by a now traditional break from Bailey, who with his deceptive pace ran away from cover tacklers as if they were in glue. Trying to keep up with the try scorers is getting tough with these boys, scoring 70 unanswered points last week against Southport and another 17 tries this morning!!!
Every one of the boys put a shift in today. It was a forwards day to win the ball, Sonny playing exceptionally well considering this is his first season, putting his body on the line when needed and doing the work that just needs doing, not leaving to anyone else.
Really good strong running up front from James, Milky, Darren, and Jamie, with Harvey, Rhys, Thomas, Tom and Ethan running the show, giving Ben, Bailey, Luke, Jack and Danny good ball to run at their defence, many times breaking through, or recycling, and setting up try scoring passes.
Our rucking is definitely improving, times we worked hard in attack which led to our pacy backs running riot. And defensively we were very solid. Missed a few tackles on the bigger players, and we really do hit to hit them lower, but our numbers prevailed. Big hits from Nathan, James, Darren, Jack and Ben led to pressure in defence which in turn led them to make numerous mistakes, not seen in our own play. Considering the weather our ball handling was excellent. Support play was there too.
We still need to work offloading that ball rather than getting too much into contact, but that's something to work on.
All in all a fantastic display from every member of the team. I couldn't fault the effort, attitude, and desire to win. Added to the skill, these boys are on another level. On days like these you get to know who really step up. Preston GH did not like it one bit, I don't think they have ever been beaten like that before. Our tries came from Bailey, Jack, Darren, Danny, Aidan, Jake, Luke, James, Ben, and Rhys.....sorry if I've missed anyone.
Excellent day.....good support, thanks to all the parents for standing on the sidelines, and supporting the boys. Really appreciate it. Thank you.
One final point, I didn't get to nominate a Man of the Match, as we were all rushing to get inside. Lots of possibilities, from everyone, but down to his work rate, doing the unseen work on the floor, rucking, clearing up when the ball was on the floor, and considering its his first season, the yellow socks award goes to Sonny. Well done pal.
Another massive game next Sunday against Leigh, another good side, so see you all at training on Thursday.
Team from: Jack, Jake, Bailey, Ben, Thomas, Ethan, Harvey, James, Sonny, Milky, Darren, Nathan, Jamie, Rhys, Aidan, Danny, Luke, Tom, Rivre.