SRFC U11's start the season with a win away at Tarleton
Time to step up to longer games
After 3 weeks of training the season opener was upon us, away at Tarleton.
It was a cool and misty start to the day and saw Southport travelling with a squad of 12 to prevent players standing around. The rest of the squad stayed at Waterloo Rd and was treated to some specialist coaching by “Pugsy” of the first XV.
Once we had warmed up and started the blood flowing we kicked off our first ever 40 minute match.
The match proved to be a physical encounter with both teams tackling hard and employing the new skills in mauling and rucking with everyone playing their part.
First blood went to Southport with a breakaway try down the wing but a short time later, following a kick to touch and a free pass re-start, Tarleton managed to move forward and drive over to level the score. Southport continued to play direct rugby and employed good hands to move the ball quickly across the pitch and create the overlap enabling a flowing try to be run in to the corner.
From there on Southport worked the ball around the pitch well and managed to get on top in the rucks and mauls resulting in gaps appearing in the Tarleton defence this allowed the Southport runners to capitalise and run in 6 more tries leaving the final result Tarleton 1 Southport 8.
Playing 40 mins of rugby was a big step up for all players on both sides and they all performed well but everyone involved was blowing hard by the final whistle which was blown by the Tarleton coach who kindly refereed the match.
Thanks must go to Tarleton for their hospitality and for a great game of rugby, well done to all involved.