Arrival & Warm-Up
The return match from our last meeting against Barnhall in November 2012 added an extra frisson of anticipation
After our last battle, local pride decreed that Barnhall should take their revenge
However, Lansdowne U10’s were intent on putting their best foot forward
The soil was windswept but well drained, with the only immediate threat from nature not the threat of heavy rainfall but the appearance of numerous rabbit holes!
This was a clash of two Leinster stalwarts and it was reflected in the level of intensity, particularly in the first two games, where it was interesting to see how players were moulding into their new positions and rapidly emerging as either forwards or backs
This level of intensity also resulted in an unprecedented three wins out of three games for all of our teams
The Lansdowne defence was very solid but attacking play was also very evident with hard work rewarded by driving over for some memorable tries, for what one coach commentated was in a ’Sean O’Brienesque’ fashion
Team play was visible, with both support in defence and attack evident and great all round performances, particularly from our newer players
Rucking & Mauling was outstanding and it was commented upon by all coaches, including the Head Coach of Barnhall
The Lansdowne scrum half’s and hookers were constantly haranguing and motivating their teams and this motivation was very evident in the three games played
Most of our players must have had a hearty breakfast as the ‘up for it’ attitude was very evident in the charging down the wing on many occasions towards the light blue defensive wall of Barnhall
Both new and experienced players played a stormer and there was great running and tackling throughout
Though Barnhall & Lansdowne were evenly matched at the start, Lansdowne started to pull away after the pivotal opener.
Although the great play from the Lansdowne teams was pleasing to see but it was competitive in the best spirit of Mini Rugby with no complaints from either players, coaches or referees!, even as we were very aware of penalising high tackles and hand-offs, as normal under Stage 2 rules
Barnhall were gracious hosts and it was a very enjoyable day out for all
After the match we adjourned to the clubhouse for a friendly (!) discussion about the previous days Leinster V Munster clash
A great day out for players, coaches and parents (we even had time for a team photo at the end) and we look forward to a return trip to Kildare in 2014!
Mel Duignan, Head Coach Lansdowne U10’s
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