November 6, 2005

Launceston U12 21 Tigers 7

Written by Paul Elms
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What a great day at Launceston, pity we didn't win but it was close. 15 minutes before we got to the ground the river broke it's banks and flooded the pitches we were to play on, but the Launceston boys quickly rearranged the pitch layout and we got underway on time.

I hoped that we would be able to field a full stength U12 side for the match but Danny Gibson and Josh Kingdom didn't make it. Luckily for us Ben Glanfield had come along with Jarad, as his match was cancelled, and stepped into the breach playing in the second row!! He did a fantastic job there, thanks Ben.

Both teams started with 11 men until Kal Bloomfield turned up 10 minutes into the game and brought us up to full strength. It was not raining but the pitch was very wet and muddy. It was playable and both sides had to contend with the conditions. We started playing up the slope but this did not give us a problem and within 2 minutes Kaine Withers collected a pass on the right wing within our half and tore up the line to score, but was adjudged to have put a foot in touch so the try was disallowed. Launceston then started to make the slope work in their favour and crossed the line twice converting each. The Tigers defended very well and again the cover tackling was excellent. By the half time whistle they were all covered in mud from head to toe, but were really giving the Launceston boys as good as they got. Spirits were high as we all hoped that with the slope we might just do it.

I think we definately had the beating of them in the second half. Each side got a try and conversion, Jared crossing the line for the Tigers after some good pressure but we came close on a number of occasions with Guy Webber, Kal Bloomfield and Kaine Withers all getting close and Lewis Furrniss crossing the line but unable to get the ball down. Without exception I think all the boys played brilliantly and they finished the match the stronger of the two sides.

The rucking and mauling drills paid off with the boys driving over the ball very well. When the ball went out in the line, the pace of the three-quarters really showed and gave Launceston some real head-aches. Our tackling was once again very strong with Jez Cramoyson (who was our man of the match) putting some telling ones when it mattered. All-in all I felt it was a very good performance and I am sure winning ways are just around the corner.

The final score was Launceston  21  Plymouth Argaum Tigers 7.

(P Elms)

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