U12 away vs Evesham
Greetings fellow parents. The new rugby season is underway and the touchline tirades have already started. Sergei is still on the payroll albeit with the same distribution problems as the Welsh midfield. He did dispatch a job lot of Yak gelatine mouth guards that I believe Jon Abracadabra has been touting.
So the new season has kicked off, like an English cricketer in a Bristol nightclub. It was good to see many old faces & some fresh faces – who will no doubt become as weather beaten and cynical as the rest of us in due course.
With the wind driving the rain ominously into our bleary Sunday morning eyes and under threatening leaden skies the under 12’s set off along the A46 on the mercifully short away trip to face school mates and old rivals, Evesham.
After the convincing win against Tewkesbury last week, Evesham was always going to be a sterner test. Indeed, so it proved to be.
After arriving ridiculously early I parked easily in the virtually empty field. Even better news arrived as we exited the car as the wind dropped & the rain stopped. My smugness was short-lived as we trekked to the furthest corner of the playing fields – bypassing the warm shelter of the clubhouse and the inviting odour of fried bacon & freshly brewed coffee.
The boys warmed up with a series of drills intended to get them to pass before contact. On viewing the Evesham boys it seemed a sensible policy. It appears that Evesham planted their players in miracle grow compost over the summer whilst Bredons’ may have shrunk in the tumble drier. It is fair to say there was a significant disparity in size. Fortunately, Ethan the Evesham Terminator was unavailable but he warned that “I’ll be back”. Nevertheless, despite Ethan’s absence, Bredon would have to work hard not to be overpowered.
Evesham were quickly into their stride & once again, the dazzling luminous boots of Flash Harry scooted over the turf to outstrip the desperate grasps and grabs of Bredons’ defenders every time he got the ball. Despite the warm up Bredon appeared to be magnetically attracted to their hosts and time and again literally ran into trouble. Evesham dominated the collisions and cleaned us out in the rucks. They were organised, had better structure and generally reacted more quickly to the loose ball. With all that said, it is to the boys’ credit that they got stuck in and stemmed the tide to a great extent. After conceding early after the kick off we reached half time just 2-0 behind. There were signs of great encouragement early in the second half as Bredon won a penalty a couple of metres from Evesham’s goal-line. Unfortunately, the ref then missed the home defensive line encroach offside and snuff out Bredon’s opportunity to get on the scoreboard. After this it was one way traffic, as Django ran in a hat trick of tries to lead the home side to a deserved 7-0 victory.
There were positives to take from the game. Seb, Ben A, Josh and Morgan all made tackles that they & the recipients will remember. Euan/Ewan/Yu-Anne did excellently at scrum half. Bumps and knocks accounted for a number of the boys before the final whistle but it was good to see everyone have a run out which can only help the team spirit. The rugby, and perhaps the reports, will get better and more entertaining as the season progresses, my alcohol intake increases and the weather worsens.