Rugby Lions Mini & Juniors

Rugby Lions u10s v Harbury U10s

It was fantastic today to see Rugby Lions get back to playing this Sunday after the Christmas break and blow out the cobwebs, Christmas puddings and mince pies! Last week in training we purely focused on fitness, to be honest we beasted them and it paid dividends this week. Whilst the first game wasn't the fairy tale ending after all the hard work we have put in, what shone through in spades was our fitness; we ran non stop, we never gave up, we chased everything and hunted in a pack. All we lacked was match practice due to not playing for so long. But I was so proud of the boys for their fighting spirit and true lion hearts. A couple were down and upset after the first game but their response was exceptional and they rose to the challenge and came back fighting.

A little history for you, last season we played Harbury we lost 16 tries to 0 in U9s. Today in the first game we lost 7 tries to 1. That is huge progress. and I'm so proud of that. The boys are simply excellent they never gave up and in the second half of the first game, they put some excellent phases together, showed some excellent interplay and finally got their reward with the final try of game one.

Game 2 - I'm 35 and quite a big bloke but I wouldn't have wanted to play THAT Harbury team they were massive, they looked like they ate half a cow and lifted hay bales for breakfast over to you kids, good luck!

But we were exceptional committed 2 to a tackle constantly held them up to prevent them driving their powerful and effective maul, we used the touchline as a defender and shoved them out. In attack if they tried to tackle us we just ran hard and straight like Alfie, Duncan and Christaki did and when they got tackled they were quick to offload to the waiting support and huge overlaps putting people away for tries like Oliver, Owen and Victor. Shay was there with the quick offloads from the breakdown, Liam and Leon were out wide being a nuisance and knocking people backwards. When we couldn't run straight because defenders were in the way we just put them on our backs and run don't we Oliver! Overall an exceptional team performance wear they all worked to put the last man away for a try. The beneficiaries of todays tries were Victor (2) Owen (1) Duncan (2) Alfie (2) and Oliver (1) second game won 7-5 as one of Duncan's tries was in the first game. Overall Rugby Lions 1 - 1 Harbury. Well done all players and thank you to all the parents, sisters, aunts, uncles and grandparents for the amazing support these kids fully deserve.

Captain of the day - Shay

True Lionheart - Owen

Star Player - Oliver

Karl Lawson

U10s Head Coach

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