Under 8s and Under 9s games - pictures
Old Leamingtonians v Rugby St Andrews
U9s: A really impressive match between the sides was enjoyed at Leamington in very blustery conditions. Although both sides had different tactics they were so equally matched that it was hard to judge a winner.
Old Leams were very good at moving the ball wide quickly with some good sidestepping back inside to test Saints’ defence. The wind made long passing difficult and on a few occasions the ball was hard to retain and we managed to turn over the ball.
RSA handling was much closer and more solid. Great handling in midfield led to some space out wide which Jack, Jake and Robbie tried to exploit.
Old Leams covered across very well, closed down the runners and forced Saints into touch. It was very even in the first game with offloads, handling, support and tackling being of high standard. A brilliant run by Dylan in the first half and massive effort by Isaac to close down and pressurise the handler were the highlights. Two tries by Jack and three by Evan were all hard fought for.
The second half saw Old Leams take the early initiative with three very well worked individual breakaway tries. Although tackling started to become an issue, heads didn’t go down and Saints fought back well with three tries of their own. This time it was Finley’s turn for a couple of tries which was just reward for his efforts.
Robbie surely scored the try of the season with a forceful run down the right hand side against the wind and with no space to play with. His dive over the line with a well-timed touchdown was excellent. Jake made non-stop tackles in the final period and his efforts saw him in the right place to steal the loose ball to win possession.
U8s: St Andrews took a settled squad of lads to Old Leams last Sunday, for a series of games over a side with a well-drilled squad of players. Strong running, handling and tackling by Stephen, Dan and Ollie saw the side score some well worked tries.
Good awareness by Luke Wakelin, Luke Murray, Gareth Wylie and Connor Baxter contributed further scores to see St Andrews run out comfortable victors in the series of games.