U9's excel in last fixture
Continuous improvement paying off. Only lost to eventual winners....again!
In the past few weeks, U9's have come up against all of the few teams that have beaten them this season. It fills me with pride to see how this team has learnt from these defeats and surpassed all but Old Scouts this season. They are developing a brand of rugby based around turning defence into attack, and as this area of their game matures, they are becoming very difficult to beat. They can no longer rely on speed alone. They began the season as a very strong and physical team in their first year in contact rugby. Their tackling however was soon being matched by other teams, and it was evident that new aspects of the game needed to be introduced. It was at this time that they began to understand that putting teams under pressure when defending forced errors and rattled opposition teams. As this developed, they took big steps forward.
Under 9's simply saved their best performances until the last festival of the season. There were some huge performances from some, but the team effort was massive and they are beginning to use the whole pitch. There is a lot more work to do on this, and next season promises to see more huge strides. In attack, we need start to play in positions and to hold those positions so that the width of the pitch can be used and they will then rip through defences if they are not organised. In defence we need to continue the great defensive work that we have started on this season and try to get players to stay in a defensive line rather than being sucked in and leaving spaces .
U9's really were terrific this weekend and they should all be proud of themselves and enjoy their off season knowing that they are among a handful of the best teams in the county. I include the players that wern't at the festival in this. The development has been amazing and I have no doubt that they can continue this. We need a bigger team as year passes and the aim is to develop all into one big squad of happy little ruggers.
Much more to come next season. See you all for some fun in the summer months.