Under 11s Match Report
Under 11s Triangular
Wasps and London Welsh
Wasps and London Welsh
Sunday 24th November 2013
As Wasps U11s were being taken to see the senior side play later in the day, the start time for the tournament was brought forward to 9.30am. Whether this lack of sleep caught up with our players is open for debate as this week the boys were far from their best. So far this season London Welsh have been a thorn in our side and this week was to be no exception.
The first game was against London Welsh A and from the kick off Staines were under pressure. The boys did not seem as if they wanted to be there and were missing a number of tackles, allowing London Welsh to continue to break the gain line. They were also very well drilled and kept their shape and did not over commit numbers to the rucks and mauls. As a consequence when they passed the ball out wide they had the numbers to form overlaps and score. Some good tackling by Alfie and rucking by Callum kept us in the game, however, London Welsh were worthy winners 4 tries to 0.
London Welsh A were our next opponents, but the story of the game was similar. A lack of organisation from the Staines boys allowed London Welsh to pass the ball down the line and create overlaps again, and once again tries were scored from these. Here some of the boys were guilty of missed tackles and were not putting in as much effort as they could. Again Alfie was the stand out player in his new role of fly half and kept making crucial tackles. The set piece was working well for us when we did get them with Lucas stepping in ar second row for Matt who was struggling with a heavy cold. Again Staines Lost 4 tries to 0.
Wasps were our next opponents and again the boys started sluggishly and the whole team appeared to be asleep as one Wasps boy ran through most of the Staines team to score and early solo try. This appeared to galvanise the boys and they began to apply themselves to the task in hand. An excellent try by Lucian brought us back into contention and the boys were much improved in this match. The early try cost us though and we lost this match as well, this time by 2 tries to 1.
Despite having just played three games the boys jumped at the chance of playing the London Welsh Development side that would be bolstered by a number of B players. Here the boys showed their character and stepped up their intensity, possibly because they did not want to lose another game to London Welsh. With a strong set piece, particularly the scrum leading to sustained pressure from Staines they were able to run out winners by 3 tries to nil.
A disappointing day was dragged back slightly by the final game, however, there are a number of areas to work on next week as we are training at home.