The Lansdowne U12 Mini Rugby squad visited Greystones RFC to play their U12 squad as part of the Metro League on Sunday 30th September.
Lansdowne Lions V Greystones
The Lions took part in their first Metro league match last Sunday in Dr Hickey Park against a very useful Greystones side. It was a dry fresh day and was played on a well maintained grass pitch with a relatively strong wind blowing from end to end. At the pre match pep talk, Ray Carroll encouraged the squad to start the game with great pace and not to give up any soft tries early on. It must have worked as right from the start Lansdowne were camped on the Stones 5m line threatening to score. Scrum half Ethan Lynch delivering balls to out half Niall Carroll and first centre Senan O’Shea were frustrated by a quickly advancing defensive back line. In the early stages of the game, wingers Paddy Morgan and Harry Clarke had little clean ball to work their magic with. Time after time the back line tried to break their defense only to be held up short. An early substation of Louis Clarke by Luc Van Caulwert was made as Louis was short on breath. On the 10 minute mark a snipping run from the back of the scrum by Ethan Lynch opened the scoring and showed that the Greystones defensive line could be broken with quick ball. A second try followed just before halftime leaving the 2-0 score reflective of the amount of possession that Lansdowne had in the first half.
Half time substitutions saw James Tynan replace Harry Clarke and Sam Small replace Paddy Morgan which changed the dynamics of the back line with Sam collecting some deep kicks in his own half and making some threatening runs. The pack led by Lee Barron was in fighting form with good performances on the day from Louis Clarke, Jack Byrne and Hugo O’Malley, where they were rucking well right from the start delivering good ball to the back line. Stellar performances from Tom Cullen and Jack Byrne ensured that those extra meters were made and that possession was retained in contact. Second half saw the substitution of Ethan Lynch by Harry Clarke again a change that changed the tempo of the game and in turn produced one more Lansdowne score in the corner. A try by Greystones late in the second half left the final score at 3-1 in a good spirited game that was well refereed by Ray Carroll.
(Author Mark Tynan)
Lansdowne Tigers v Greystones
It's not that easy to come home from Greystones with anything at Mini Rugby level. Yesterday the tigers put into practice what they learnt on the training paddock.In the absence of Ethan Lynch and Hugo Mulligan,Marcus Nagle came up to the plate and directed operations as our stand in Scrum Half.From the kick off this match was dominated by Lansdowne. We won clean Ball in the lineout which was tidied up by Luan Rogers and presented on a plate to Marcus Nagle who's crisp pass to the prolific Michael Ryan set up the first 2 tries.Jake and Harvey tormented the Greystones defence with their strong running and offloading creating the Space for Matthew Escot to score a brace of tries. The front row of Harry Cullen,Evan Boyle,Dave Bradley( Bradders) were rock solid.James Maguire and Ronan Shaw also made an impact when sprung off the Bench.Eoin,Harry and Luan won some great ball in the loose and made good ground.The tight 5 won 3 scrums against the Head. The Referee was very strict on the,use it or loose it rule.This is something we can work on in Training.Quick Ball can have a devastating effect on the opposition. These group Boys were very humble in Victory and appeared to be very contented with their morning's work.
Lansdowne Tigers 6. Greystones 1
(Author Derry Shaw)
The Sharks played two very enjoyable matches at development level at Dr Hickey Park in Greystones last Sunday, winning 4-3 and drawing 2-2 but most importantly we had two really competitive games played in the right spirit. Both games were played at pace and benefitted from the positive approach of the Greystones ref. The guys showed an improved appetite to engage in contact which was very encouraging and the rucking performance of all the forwards was probably the difference between the two teams. We will keep up the contact work that we are doing in the second part of the training sessions over the coming weeks and hopefully we can continue to find development level fixtures of this quality to bring the guys on with their tackling and contact work. Special thanks to the Cheetahs for adopting us in their warm-ups and remember the press-ups each evening.
(Author John Barry)
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