Match Report
The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School Boys-U14A vs  Bancroft's School
On: Saturday, 28 Sep 2019
Venue: Away

Shuffling around of players and positions due to injuries was no excuse for some of the inconsistencies and the number of dropped off tackles. Training on Tuesday had been very productive but it was shame that the defensive work done in this session was not applied to the match. A strong start in which phases were worked through and sticking to the game plan ensured that everyone knew what they were doing meant that Raahan stormed over for the first try after 5 minute(0-5). Sadly straight from the kick off the ball was turned over and Bancroft's walked over for a simple try that they converted (7-5). Again Habs were looking good with the ball in hand, recycling the ball well but were too loose at the breakdown and with our tackling, resulting in another try being conceded after 12minutes (12-5 down). After continued shirt pulling rather than tackling and the ball being thrown around loosely rather than rucks been set up meant that another converted try was conceded after 17 .minutes taking the score to 19-5. Will Andrews playing at 12 and the forwards continued to make good ground and with the ball being recycled quickly Tolu was able to score on 17 minutes, which was converted by Tom (19-12). Habs were finishing the half as they started and just before half time Will Andrews powered over for another converted try to bring the scores level at 19-19.

It is safe to say that Habs were never in the second half. Unable to secure ball, loose passing and too many penalties meant were rarely made it out of our won half. Hard, direct running angles were needed to tie in defenders, but instead the responsibility was been shoveled on to the next person, resulting in many yards been lost. Straying from the game plan ensure people were unsure of what they were supposed to be doing and we could not handle the direct running of the Bancroft's players. Three tries were conceded, resulting in a 36-19 defeat, which probably was not a fair reflection of the game as a whole.

Points to take away from the game:

Follow the structured game plan- better that every one knows what their roles are rather than running around headless

Apply what done in training to the game

Communication in attack and defence so that everyone knows what they are doing

Attendance at training is key so that everyone knows what to do