Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U12A vs  Claires Court School
On: Saturday, 05 Oct 2019
Venue: Away

Claire's Court 15 - 5 RBC U12A Scorer: A Main

Despite some patches of excellent attacking play and defence, the U12As went down by three tries to one to our local rivals. There were, again, significant improvements as players continue to learn that they can't win a game on their own and with a little more precision, the 3-1 score line would have been quite different.

Celebrity mentions: Having worked hard on 2 v 1s at training, an extremely well taken try with Jack Brand putting in Alex Main to score was great to see. Alex's half pitch sprint and try saving tackle was another key moment.

MoM: Theon Yiakoumi - some rampaging runs and highly effective at the ruck meant he often had Claire's Court on the back foot.

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A largely dejected and disappointed team after the game told the story of the game where 'could have' and 'should have' meant the final score put a rather rosy gloss on the score line in a game that could have gone either way.

Once again the attitude was first class and some of the 'forwardy type players' (obviously we don't have positions) had been challenged to make more of an impact and Matias Kuorehjarvi, Theon Yiakoumi, Will Benjamin, Frazer Awbery and Kyle Morjaria responded by carrying and rucking well.

As the assembly report says, there were periods of both attacking excellence and defence, interspersed with some poor patches, for instance when three tackles were missed for the first try but then an excellent defensive press saw James Douglas-Davis make a super tackle on his A team debut to stop the next attack in its tracks.

Similar could be said in attack when the aforementioned excellently executed 2 v 1 led to the try but several 3 v 1s went begging as players went inside on their own and found themselves isolated and the attack broke down.

At one point there were some 'hairy'offloads as the team kept to its principles in trying to play to space when I almost caught myself about to tell the players to look after the ball better but, if you can't do it when you are 11 or 12, when will you be able to? so the desire to continue to play was great to see.

Ultimately, the last minute try did make the score more lopsided than was deserved but overall many positives to take away.

Positives:

Some harder carrying by the bigger players and not trying to force the pass

Rucking - difficult at times with so many bodies on the floor over the ball, but better again.

Work-ons

Spotting the overlaps...but also deciding WHEN is the right time to pass, or not!

A big week next week with Friday and Saturday games against tough opponents...looking forward to the challenge!

JD