Northwich RUFC Under 11’s 50 V Crewe and Nantwich 10
Crewe and Nantwich Rufc visited the humble green pastures of Moss Farm on Sunday and whilst the Autumnal breeze reminded us all that we enter the later part of the year, a hazy sunshine blessed us with its warming rays.
Once we had got over questions regarding the width of the pitch, was it within regulations etc etc, the first half of rugby could commence.
Northwich 20 – Crewe and Nantwich 5
Eh up these lads can play abit, pretty much sums up the look on Northwich players faces after 5 min, the look on mine was ‘told you so’. However we soon got on the score sheet, when after a strong surging gallop by Jack, took the Crewe defense by surprise and in the ensuing confusion an opportunity to set William Wood-Ward Esq. free to score was created which Jack dually took, For the next 5 min or so Northwich huffed and puffed in both attack and defense with several final passes going forward or to ground when it looked easier to score, then in defense the skill of the Crewe attack did get around the tenacious line speed of Northwich occasionally with Logan making at least 1 great covering tackle to save a try. Northwich eventually took control of the half after some great awareness by Jude to spot the Crewe defense napping from a free kick, 1 quick tap and pass later Bobbie showed a nose for the try line to score. Our defense again started to get on top with the Crewe players starting to feel the full force of Jack, James, Ellis and Charlie they are tough to stop when running and when they get it right, devastating at the ruck area. Jack profited from some strong counter rucking to score a well deserved try. James got on the score sheet next, when all around him asked for the pass, James did what James does best and dragged 4 defenders over the line from 10m out smiling all the way.
Try scorers – Bobby x 1 (love it T Dog) William Wood-Ward Esq. x 1 (example) Jack x 1 (tough) James x 1 (‘ pass James, JAMES PASS, look to offload James, good try James well done’).
Northwich 10 – Crewe and Nantwich 5
The second 20 min seems to follow the same story week on week, lots of action, plenty of work rate, just lacking a little spark to get us going. What I will say is we try and try to do the right things, and the commitment in defense by all is wonderful to see. Pete tackles well above his weight and with it always comes a dull thud, technically spot on, Joe C and Joe K tackle everything that moves whether they have the right to make it or not, Dan MK and Jude tend to go for more of the collision method at pace and Sam has hit more tackles these last 3 weeks than in the last 3 years, one was also a try saver as he chased him down.
Our first try came from Charlie running at a gap not doing a spin, which seems to becoming a habit (not a bad one to have though) and scoring from close range. Then came the moment, when stars aligned, an easterly wind picked up sand particles from Venus, and all in the world became calm, BOOM!!!! Ellis collected the ball deep inside Northwich territory, he eyed a gap, he looked at space to his left, his inner senses fought, good vs. evil, attack space or attack people, Crash, bang, wallop, to late, those thought processes took to long to compute and evil won the day, Smash straight into the closest 3 defenders, ok, ok, more space created now, offload to a quick player with vision who will spin the ball wide for a try for sure, OR pass to Charlie who goes through the same thought processes and crashes at pace into the next 3 defenders, ok guys we are now 7 attackers v 3 defenders, please get the ball wide OR hit James on the charge to take the remaining 3 defenders over the line with him to score, What do we know hey!!!
Try scorers – Charlie x 1 (Rock) James x 1 (Brilliant)
Northwich 20 – Crewe and Nantwich 0
A much better half in terms on continuity with Dan M running the show from the back, and Thomas linking well behind the ruck area. Our first try came from Tom from quick ruck ball Tom passed to Jack on the hoof who broke several tackles, then got stopped close to the line, and offloaded to Tom in close support to scuttle over from a great well worked score. Jack got his try next with an interception and run from half way, great anticipation. Crewe then started to get back into the game with strong surging run but North’s defense held firm with Tom, Dan M, and Logan along with Joe K making some robust and try saving challenges with one particular one by Jude echoing around the empty industrial waste land over the fence.
We also were unlucky not to add to our try tally as Joe C went close on several occasions, as did Dan Mk only to be hacked down while in full flight. Logan did add to the score line after a good break by England, and then Jack topped off what was a great 3rd half personally with the final score.
Try scorers – Jack x 2 (effort) Tom R. x 1 (Support line) Logan x 1 (super)
Many thanks to Crewe and Nantwich for the game and best of luck for the rest of the season.
Just a quick note on the injury in the last 3rd, many thanks to the Crewe medic for his help, it is much appreciated. Our player will be fine after a week or 2 rest.
Man of the Match.
More than 1 player stuck his hand up for the award, Joe C came close, Jack E for a great 3rd quarter, Joe K is always around and about, but for effort and general narkyness in defense, then some wonderful passing in attack Logan L collected the award.
Nothing stupid happened, so for getting so close to scoring his first try on several occasions and making lots of tackles in only his 3rd game Joe C took home the award (well he could have, if J L had brought it back)