Fine margins and plenty of food for thought
By John Reynolds
Lots to work on.
Last week saw us take part in the Bury Festival which was as always a great event. Hats off to Bury for putting on such a great day given all the rain they had in the week.
We played Bury first in our pool although we started brightly we very quickly just stopped running at them and just stood waiting for them to hit us. They duly obliged and burst our line for 2 quick tries. We fought back well but it was too late as they had a strong squad and we finished on the wrong side of a 4-2 result. Our performance could have been better but we still had every opportunity as we still had three pool games left.
Shelford were next and although they looked a strong side they had nothing that we couldn't deal with. We got reset and focused but were on the wrong end of a 3-2 reverse. Only when we had gone 3-0 down and only when we scored a try did we really come alive. It is easy to say but a few more minutes and we would have won, as we had finally woken up.
Next up were Diss who had been pushed around the park all day long. We did the same and we racked up a 12-0 win. The boys played well , the running, the drawing a man in, the pass, the communication was great.
Our last game was against Sudbury who we love playing against. We've had some right old battles with them over the past two seasons and this was no different. The first three scores went to Sudbury. The first and third saw us not hold on to the player who when tackled within one metre of the try line was able reach out and score. The second was a proper schoolboy error as we left the blind slide of the scrum open and they popped a runner straight down the wing and we had no chance. That said our comeback was strong and our boys started to believe in each other again, we got back in the game and got two good tries of our own. Hard work for each but it worked for the lads.
We have much to work on but it is all good and it will be a great journey trying to get there.
Star Man: Harris Cutting