A Trip Up North
And the Sun Did Shine!
With rain, hail and wind having rattled our sleep the night before, it was with a sense of foreboding that a team of 14 boys, coaches and parents headed up the M6 to Kendal for a friendly fixture.
Within 30 minutes of our arrival, spirits rose as the sun burst through the clouds warming us. A friendly greeting from our hosts also gave credence to the idea that this might not be such a bad day after all. So with some positivity restored to coaches and parents, the boys entered the game.
The first 5-10minutes of the game where a battle for supremacy, which our boys won in the maul and scrum with a fine balance between the teams in the ruck. Then our first real use of the back line, gave us all a huge boost.
Not only great passing, forward running, but also an easily discernible structure to the line. The forwards echoed this structure. This was Rugby of quality, okay some tackles were missed but not through a lack of effort or commitment, we can live with that.
Our defence built on this commitment, driving Kendal backwards more often than not, on their ball. This was a group of players who had started to believe in their talents, work as a team, communicate, think and work hard, and it showed in the Rugby played.
The lads kept the ball alive in a fashion not bettered this season by any team the U13’s have fielded, with some "All Blackesque" off loads. The same can be said for their communication, a compliment paid by the referee at full time, proved this.
So this proved a day of positives, all round, great weather, a beautiful setting, great company, a warm welcome and most importantly fantastic rugby. Such was the standard of performance I am unable to pick out an individual for special praise.
However I would like to thank Matthew Johnson, Jack Barton, Jake Lowther, Luke McKibbin, James Alty, David Alty, Tom Selby, Ethan Henshaw, Mackenzie Price, Joe Baxter, George Brain, Ollie Ball, Harrison Rayner Smith and Leon Elliot, for giving us the perfect end to a lovely morning in the Lakes.