Grove V Chinnor
By Lee Marsden
A great turn out for U10s against a large Chinnor side.
For the second week in a row, Grove RFC U10's were fortunate to play rugby against a club in the right spirit at Chinnor. Due to a combination of unavailability, illness and injury Grove were one man short of two full teams and Chinnor happily lent two players - Ben and Roscoe - who played excellently for the 'opposition'. Thank you boys!
We really are starting to see glimpses of excellent rugby from all the boys and then we see the return of old habits but they are getting there.
In the first A team game that we got of to a slow start not holding our positions, this allowed Chinnor to score but they had to battle to line and did not score with ease, in the second half we saw a different Grove, they really stepped up and took the game to Chinnor scoring first in the second half, I think a switch was flicked in Joe C as he became possessed and ran hard tackled well and fought for the ball at every opportunity, Alex did a fantastic job leading the forwards and rucked his heart out..we also moved William of the wing for the second half and that helped with the shape going forward.
In the second game, we started much better passing the ball rather than running into contact all the time this led to Grove scoring first, the boys really tried to play the running rugby game and it was good to watch, Chinnor did come back but they did not score with ease and our defence work is starting to pay off.
All in all the A team did very well this morning and are really shaping in to a team to challenge others, if i had to pick a MOTM it would be between Joe C and Alex.
For the B team the two matches were highly unusual in that there was not a single lineout in either game which highlighted the fact that some dogmatic defence prevented the opposition putting the ball wide and any tries conceded tended to be from individual breaks down the middle rather than sustained pressure on the try line. However, the opposition tended to be slightly more agressive at the breakdown which also prevented Grove from making the most of any ball that was won.
There has been a lot of effort put in by the boys in improving their tackling and rucking skills and Chinnor fully put this to the test and in general the defence held fim. Several breaks were made by Grove players but these could not be capitalised upon due to either a lack of support or a failure to look for a team mate before going into the tackle. Whilst these skills will come in time the courage of the players cannot be faulted and the Man of the Match for Grove was Owen McDonagh for his brilliant tackles and strong running forward with the ball.
Grove continue to make progress and will be competitive for any team that we play this season with some self confidence. I'm sure that next weeks training session at Wasps will be a great contribution to their general rugby knowledge.