2016 Match Report Week 29

U10 Surfers Yellow - 26 vs 19 - Surfers Green - 23/07/16

The game was a very tough, physical game with both sides tackling hard and cleaning out rucks with good commitment. Yellows were superior in the first half at the break-down and were rewarded with a try off a midfield turnover.

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7-0. The Yellows were dominant and made several wider breaks, only to be chased down, denying what would have been certain tries against lesser opposition.

Greens were not backing away from the tackles and a demolishing chop tackle dislodged the ball as the carrier hit the deck. The loose ball was pounced upon and Greens sprinted 50m to level the score. 7-7.

The intensity and skill level was high right from the start and the new "7m pass" skill was being used to get the ball wider into space. However, both teams attacked and counter-attacked and tackled and rucked, but no further scores were added.

The second half was similar to the first -- strong running, tough tackling, and hard cleaning out.

Greens scored first 5 minutes into the half with some good ruck work and hard running for the line. A wide conversion gave Greens the lead 14-7.

Straight from kick-off, the Yellows pounced on a Green knock-on and re-leveled the score 14-14. Yellows again took an opportunity from kick-off and returned the ball for another try. Two tries in under a minute. 19-14.

A few minutes later, Yellows rumbled up the middle of the park winning ruck after ruck and crashed over under the sticks: within a couple of minutes of trailing, Yellows had expertly capitalised on their opportunities and led 26-14.

The game ebbed and flowed and with 6 minutes remaining, Greens broke through the defensive live on the left and made a dash for the line... but 15m out from the goal line a Yellow player dived and ankle tapped the Green runner! The ruck was won by Green and spun to the right. Another try looked certain in the corner but for a covering tackler who threw himself into the tackle to dislodge the ball as the player went to ground the ball. Knock-on! Two try saving tackles in the same passage of play perfectly summed up the Yellows' commitment to the game and ultimately saved the game for Yellows.

Greens recovered and again attacked down the left and 2 minutes later were rewarded with an unconverted try to trail 26-19.

The desperate last 4 minutes saw Greens run the ball from everywhere but the Yellow defence held strong to give Yellows the win: 26-19.

Well done to both Yellow and Green. The skills on display and the low error rate in this match are the polar opposite from the first round Yellow vs Green many months ago. It is really satisfying to see our players develop like they are. We are the strongest team on so many levels.

Now for a full rugby calendar ahead including Friday night football and the next level of challenges for our players!

One Team, Two Sides.

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