Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Sunday Youth Rugby Lifts The Gloom...

Having witnessed Ireland set the bar fairly high in Dublin on Saturday only to endure the utter failure by England to come anywhere near it in Paris, my weekend's gloominess was, fortunately, dispersed by two things:

- attending Rob Brydon's stand-up show on Saturday night - a very funny man indeed; and

- the performance of my son's Under 15 team in their penultimate league match of the season on Sunday morning.

Up against the early-season pace setters who boasted a quite enormous and somewhat mature-looking pack of forwards, our boys - unbeaten so far this season - played some of their best rugby, defending superbly, tackling their hearts out, contesting the breakdown (so it CAN be done) and moving the ball wide at every opportunity.

A 31-0 victory, although probably not reflective of the physical nature of the game, was nevertheless deserved and guarantees us promotion to the division above for next season. Only a few matches left to go now this season, including the chance to win our division and also contest the County Plate Final. The boys' unbeaten run now stretches to 21 matches from midway through last season and they can all be very proud of the huge effort they have put in and the improvements they have made. I know that we as coaches certainly are...

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