Sunday 3rd December @ Hartpury College.
A cold and drizzly Sunday brough Bucks County U18’s 1st Southwest trial game vs. Cornwall.
Given the conditions and the opposition we expected a very tough game.
From the kick off we applied pressure, camping down in the Cornish 22 for the 1st 10 minutes.
What was most impressive was the execution of multi-phase rugby by the team, recycling in attack for over 10 phases, demonstrating skills, application, game sense and hard work by the whole team.
Our work at the breakdown both in attack and defence was a significant improvement and provided a necessary foundation to control the game, challenge and pressure our opposition.
In the end the game ran out as a draw, 5 tries all… which is a fabulous result against a very strong county with a substantially larger youth rugby population.
A few areas to work on to we can continue to improve.. a bit more patience in attack – when we are controlling phases in the red zone, we don’t need to force the outcomes with speculative kicks. WE need to be a bit tighter in defence around the rucks and we need to ‘kick to compete’ more effectively. These are small details however in what was a tremendous display of quality rugby, as individuals and more importantly as a team.
Try scorers on the day were:
However, all our tries were team efforts, they came from smart, multi-phase, effective rugby by the players which created the space and time for a team mate to score.