Friendley v Guildfordians
Guildfordians 45 – 40 Eagles
Juniors U13 • Friendly • Sun 8th Oct 17, 10:00AM
The match versus Guildfordians a team was the classic game of 2 halves.
We dominated the first half against a side we have traditionally beaten comfortably, but the second half definitely went against the eagles leaving a final score of 9-8 ( I think). The main difference was a noticeable increase in guildfordians energy and confidence as the game wore on. They seemed delighted at the final whistle, as opposed to the eagles players who seemed to be relieved to hang on for a win.
Playing down hill in the first half, eagles were able to impose a game of quick ball from the ruck, led by Joe, allowing Tom Baldwin in his first game as scrum half to release slick handing and clever timing of the passes, especially by Ed eaves. This brought our potent mid and back field runners onto the ball at pace, and one try in particular, from Aaron Greenaway, when put into a small gap by a slightly delayed pass from ed brought gasps of admiration from the Guildfordians coaches. The physical tussle was evenly matched and the forwards, in particular, Tom Clarke, gave us good go forward with some bullocking runs into the areas of heavy traffic. All seemed well.....
The second half playing uphill was a different story….Guildfordians began to compete and disrupt our ball at the breakdown, and eventually were stealing it. The scrum came under pressure for the first time and our main strength (quick ball) was negated. Their strike runners started making big gains and a few tackles were being missed by eagles defenders. The energy was with Guildfordians and eagles seemed to tire as the half went on. Our backs started to run across field and ship ball on, rather than make the gain line breaks they did in the first half.
For an early season run out with lots of new combinations of players, it was a decent hit out. The boys gave their all and it was an exciting game to watch with plenty of skill and endeavour.