The Lansdowne U12 Mini Rugby squad visited OBRFC at Anglesea Road to play their U12 squad as part of the Metro League on Sunday 21 Oct 2012
Metro League Lansdowne Sharks v Old Belvedere
The Sharks played a very competitive match against Blackrock in UCD. It was a very close match that the Sharks eventually won 4-3 thanks to
2 tries from Jack Cooligan and 1 a piece from Kirill McGowan and David Bell. The Sharks continue to improve and all of the team played well and participated
in the game. Whilst all played well two player who only recently joined us caught the eye-Eoin Little and James Agnew who had a very strong debut at scrum
half having never played there before! There were also strong performances from Peter McGuiness and Cormac Dee-Brown! The whole squad has continued the good
work we saw against Seapoint. The pack are getting stuck in and all players are getting more involved. The backs defended very well and the Sharks adaptation of
the“rush defence” is working with all of backs up to make it difficult for Rock to get the ball moving. The rucking was better but still needs some work and we
will continue to concentrate on this area. The coaches certainly agree that the lads are benefitting hugely from playing teams at their level and also by
training as a group together.
(Author David Bell)
Metro League Lansdowne Tigers v Old Belvedere
After a weak start , the team was caught on the hop and conceded a soft try , which given the preparation and commitment was unfortunate . The pack rallied and produced some scintillating pick and drive rugby with Luon Rogers excelling and equalising with a superb try.
As if deja vue , belvo again scored from the kick off and yet again lanesdowne countered with a hard fought pick and drive try , Luon
touching down but magnificently supported by his captain Evan, new recruit Jamie and stalwarts Conor and Brads.
Belvo appeared to be be able to cover the spaces better and as tipped off did not over commit to rucks but form a blanket defence and
attack which was rewarded with a 3rd try just at half time.
The second half started with 2 belvo try's but to the teams credit there heads never dropped and Matthew our very strong running winger and
new recruit Jamie touched down , with one in it belvedere scored a very fotumate try at the death.
6-4 final score , on another day with a bit of luck and a more disciplined defence it would be victory for lanesdowne ,
the coaches and parents were so very proud of all the team.
Roll on the home fixture !!
(Author Conor Lynch)
Metro League Lansdowne Cheetahs vs Old Belvedere
After a great start with a try in the corner following some swift passing the Cheetahs were overwhelmed in the first half be a superior OBRFC outfit who ran in 6 unanswered tries.
As we all know, the team that tackles will prevail. With exception of one or two of our team, we just didn’t make that all important first tackle. At half time we drew a line in the sand and started again and the
boys made both their coaches and parents very proud by winning the second half 4 tries to 3. Tries were scored by Gavin McGuinness , Joe Tolan (2), James
Mulally & Scott Healy . It was noted that the OBRFC squad was much larger in numbers, so they were able to replenish their team every few minutes. Having
said that, its back to the training ground for some more tackling practice. And the boys need to work in their push-ups. We need at least 10 good push-ups from
each boy by the time we meet again after Halloween.
(Author Mark McMahon)
Metro League Lansdowne Lions vs Old Belvedere
The Lions played Old Belvedere in Anglesea Road on a lovely Sunday morning on 21 October. Lansdowne opened well and threatened the Belvedere line in
the early stages. But mid-way through the first half, Belvedere upped their game and scored two very good tries. Lansdowne continued to press winning
plenty of set-piece and ruck ball but Belvedere always had cover in numbers to repel our attacks. Shortly before half-time, Lansdowne got a well-deserved
score with a fine effort from centre Harry Clarke, bringing the score to 1 - 2.
The Lions again started well in the second half and had a good period of pressure on the Belvedere line. However, Belvedere broke away
and scored a crucial score against the run of play to make it 1 - 3. The commitment of all of the 13 players in the match-day squad was immense, with
Harry Colbert at scrum-half linking the play very well. The teams exchanged tries in the latter part of the second-half, with winger Paddy Morgan scoring a
very good try out wide for Lansdowne. The final score was a 4 -2 win for Old Belvedere. Forwards Lee Barron Jack Byrne, Hugo O’Malley & Tom Cullen put in a huge effort to continually ruck the
Belvedere boys back ably assisted by Louis Clarke, David Madigan and Luc Van Cauwelart.
Senan O’Shea, James Tynan and Niall Carroll put in a huge defensive performance and were inspirational in their attitude.
The Lions effort was fantastic, more than matching one of the strongest teams we are likely to meet all season and if we can produce the
same level of intensity again, we will do well in future matches.
(Author Ray Carroll)
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