Metro League U12 Lansdowne Sharks vs. Navan
The Sharks, ably assisted by some welcome help from some Cheetahs, played an excellent 12-a-side match against a well drilled Navan team in very wet conditions at CUS Bird Avenue. The LFC team was really up against it given they were conceding significant size advantage to their Meath visitors and the pitch underfoot was tailor-made for a pack dominated game given the overnight downpour. However the rain abated just after kick off (thankfully) and despite being second best for most of game on the deck, the Sharks/Cheetahs demonstrated much more accuracy with the ball in hand and used a greater awareness of space to skilfully pick off scoring chances when they came, building a match-winning 5 - 1 lead at half time. The Navan lads had superb rucking technique and taught us a harsh lesson in this area. We nearly let them back into the match in the third quarter due to some missed tackles but again all of the squad showed great courage and pride in their team to dig deep ensuring we kept our noses in front. Everyone came off the field in need a good shower and a deserved cuppa, parents included, and a mention to the power of modern washing powder too. We have plenty of homework to do on the deck and in the tackle, but the ability to play games at development level is making for some very enjoyable Sunday mornings. Thanks again to Eamon for refereeing the game with great understanding.
Final Score : Lansdowne Sharks 7 Navan 5
(Author : John Barry)
Metro League U12 Lansdowne Lions v’s Navan
A visit from the Royal County by Navan Rugby club to play Lansdowne produced another cracking game for the Lions u12’s in this year’s Metro League. Played up in Bird Avenue, this was their 4th match in the competition and their 3rd win to date. To facilitate Navan, a 12 aside game was played which ensured that fitness levels would determine the outcome of this game. Right from the start the game was played at a high pace with balls spun out the back line in these less than desirable conditions. With a lot of overnight rain, the pitch was soft and the ball wet, yet scrum half Ethan Lynch delivered plenty of balls to Out half Niall Carroll and first centre Michael Ryan. Navan’s defence was up quickly and frustrated Lansdowne’s attacking line, which forced them wide leaving little space for the wingers to work with. On a number of occasions they were quite simply bundled into touch– Better support running and a step in field may have been enough to get past their opposite number - Something to work on maybe in training. The forwards played well as a pack and produced a solid scrum benefitting from the presence of Jamie Kavanagh who made his debut for the Lions as did Evan Boyle who scored one of his teams tries. Line outs were well organized and effective with a number of attacking runs being made by Conor Carson which resulted in the ball being taken over the gain line. With good ball recycling by the Lee Barron, Jack Byrne and Hugo O’Malley more tries followed which left the score 4 -1 at half time.
After the restart Lansdowne let Navan back into the game and gave their back line the opportunity to run. With quick ball and a straightening line they carved their way through the back line only to be stopped by good cross field defensive runs by Sam Small, Jake Hickey and James Tynan. Defensively at times the Lansdowne back line appeared a little vulnerable – Some were running up quickly at their opposite number while others were operating a sweeping defence which left holes for Navan to push through. Better communication in the back line would sort this out and keep the opposition back in their own half.
Tackling is a skill that is so important for Rugby and one that cannot be underestimated. Every boy on the team needs to be able to take his opposite number down quickly and efficiently. Tom Cullen in particular in the forwards and Niall Carroll in the backs continually made hits on some of Navan’s best. The trick to being a good tackler is to make the hit and immediately get up and be ready to make the next……
The new training format which focuses on fitness and core strength showed benefits in this game where the lads were able to play at a very high pace for 40 minutes with minimum subs and produce an excellent result with a performance that they can be proud of.
Final score in this very mucky game was 6-2 with a great team effort shown by all.
Referee on the day was David Colbert and head coach for the match was Ray Carroll.
Metro Results to date for the Lansdowne Lions
Greystones v Lansdowne 1– 3
Lansdowne v Seapoint 5-2
Old Belvedere v Lansdowne 4 – 2
Lansdowne v Navan 6-2
(Author Mark Tynan)
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