14A vs Dubai Hurricanes
The U14A team played against the Dubai Hurricanes on Saturday. The boys were looking to raise the intensity after a good run out in the week against a touring English side. The Dubai Hurricanes put in a solid first half display and we did not have it all our own way. We scored three tries in an erratic first half performance. The rucking was sloppy at times and lacked intensity and occasionally the tackling lacked desire and heart. Our dominant scrum helped get us on the front foot and the first try was well worked with Declan O’Connor scoring after we pick and drove well down the blind side. Jordan Peters was also able to dot down in the corner after some slick passing led to an overlap for the team’s second try. We went into the halftime break leading 17 – 0.
In the second half we were able to run with freedom as the Dubai Hurricanes tired and starting slipping a host of first time tackles. Storm Balchin particularly impressed with his strong ball carries and led from the front with an excellent second half performance. We ran out eventual 42 – 5 winners and were disappointed to concede a try towards the end of the game. Many tough challenges lie ahead, but the boys must be commended on a good attacking performance. The defence, however, needs to be dramatically improved. Hard work lies ahead and the boys will be put through their paces in the coming weeks as we build towards the Wynberg festival.
Ross Southgate (coach)