An early start on Sunday for the players as we all met up at Millbrook rugby club around 9:20 in the morning. The lads were all a bit frozen and seemed they would rather have preferred being in bed with a hot cupa Jo. After register and knowing who made it out of their beds and showing the courage to go and take on Tottonians on a very cold morning with some sleet falling at the time , we finally all got in our cars with some parents offering lifts for our lads ( thank you for the parents who came out to support us and offering lifts). We finally left at around 9:45 for Tottonians Club.
On arrival the lads all scattered quickly to the changing rooms. After around 10 min after arrival Dave got going with the warm up training while Rick was busy sorting the rules and chatting to the Tottonians Coaches and Referee to clear matters up for the game ahead. We then split the group up between Forwards and Backs and ran some set plays and decision making for the lads .
At 11am we kicked off with a very frosted team ( complaining still and shivering because of the weather) as the temperatures were still very low. We got straight in to the game after kick off from Ben P and immediately we made tackles , stole the ball and got on the front foot. After a couple of phases where our forwards Jean Luc , Kyle F , Ben S , Razvan , Tom, Josh C , Reece T and Jenson all got stuck in and after having ball retention for nearly 10 minutes and ongoing forward play , did Totts eventually turn over the ball and came back hard at us with some running in their backs and scored the first try.
Our backline tried defending , but the lads running at them were just too fast and their attack was just too quick for our lads to fall in to place to defend. After the 1st try was scored and around the 13 Min mark things took a turn and Tottonians kept throwing their backline at us and scored a few soft tries during the last 11 min of the 1st half.
During the 1st half I also made changes at Hooker and Flank with Tom H coming on and Jack who gave it their
In the second half we got our backline moved a bit With Reece G , Levente , Josh , Ben P , Dave , Todd and Kyle moving the ball around more and getting some ball and along with the forwards once again we were the better team and for around 12 min of the second half we put a lot of pressure on Totts and nearly scored on 3 occasions . Totts then used the last 13 Min of the game and came back strong once again and scored some tries.
I want to mention that although the score board was against us we looked really dangerous in play and even the coaching staff at Tottonians mentioned to me after the game that we have a quality team together. Just a few things they need to work on. I also had regular Totts supporters come up to me after the game who said that regardless of the outcome it was a good clean game and there were occasions where Millbrook looked like the better team.
A Special thanks to Dave for running the Touchline for us and also supporting the lads and motivating them during the game alongside Rick and also for Craig taking some photos for us. Thank you to all the parents who came out to support our team . After the game we all met in the club house and Man of the Match was selected which this week and for this game went to Kyle F.
Man of The Match – Kyle F