The Lansdowne U12 Mini Rugby squad hosted Seapoint RFC U12 squad at Bird Avenue as part of the Metro League on Sunday 14 Oct 2012.
Metro League U12 Lansdowne Sharks vs Seapoint
The Sharks played their first home match in the Metro this season against Seapoint in heavy underfoot conditions at CUS Bird Avenue, ably refereed by Eamon Dempsey. Our accuracy with the ball in hand was not where it could have been and the lads took time to djust to a pitch that was somewhat different to the training conditions we are fortunate to have when running out on the back pitch at Lansdowne Road. Having come away from Greystones with a great win earlier in October, the Sharks lost this one by the narrowest of margins but were unlucky not to salvage a draw in the last play. We matched the Seapoint lads up front, which is very satisfying for the coaches and we want to continue to put the emphasis on building confidence through contact drills in the training sessions between now and Christmas. The game was played in a great spirit using a development approach to set-pieces for this age group, with a good Seapoint team taking their scores once a line–break was created and we look forward to meeting them again.
Final Score : Lansdowne Sharks 4 Seapoint 5
(Author : John Barry)
Metro League Lansdowne Cheetahs vs Seapoint
The Cheetahs kicked off their season with a convincing win against a spirited Seapoint side on Sunday.
Swift passing and strong running by our backs yielded early tries and soon Lansdowne eased into a 4-0 lead with tries from Eoin Mac Mahon, James Mulally ( 2) and Dave Clarke.
However, Seapoint grew in confidence and responded well by scoring 2 tries just before the interval.
In the second half our forwards took the responsibility into their own hands , and realizing the strength of our pack, kept it tight and punched holes in the Seapoint defence and we scored twice through Jamie Kavanagh and Johnny Barry.
A very good win played with great spirit by both sides. Seapoint coaches were very happy with the match and the refereeing.
(Author Mark McMahon)
Metro League Lansdowne Lions v Seapoint
Sunday 14th October was our first home game of the Metro league played up in Bird Avenue against the formidable Seapoint. Although home advantage normally has its benefits, the soft grass pitch of CUS is not what our lads normally play on. Having rained quite heavily overnight, it let up for the game itself and aside for a slight wind chill it was pleasant conditions for a very enjoyable game. The lions game was in fact two separate games split by a training session during which the Seapoint lads played the Lansdowne Tigers.
The game was played at a high tempo with great rucking by the front row of David Madigan, Louis Clarke and Hugo O'Malley giving nice quick ball back to scrum and out half combination of Harry Colbert and Niall Carroll. The Seapoint defence was solid at first making line breaks difficult. Time and patience were the order of the day with a try being the just reward for Senan O'Shea who succeed in crossing the line to score breaking two tackles in the process. At the restart and with Seapoint kicking off into a light breeze, a second try was to come from a Lansdowne scrum about 20 meters out. With the pack delivering a good heave and possession secured, it looked as if the back line were going to be given an ideal platform to try out one of their overlap moves - Harry Colbert had different ideas though and after checking options went on a darting run down the blind side and out manoeuvred his opposite number scoring a well-earned try in the process. With Line out strategy being worked on with Ray at training, it's effects were noted here today with Lee Barron and Jack Byrne receiving good ball from David Bradley in the first half and from Tom Cullen in the second. Wingers Paddy Morgan and Harry Clarke had a number of runs out wide causing trouble for their opposite numbers - although not achieving their ultimate goal and crossing the line they held on to the ball until support arrived and the ball secured and recycled for another phase of attack to begin. Back line substitutions of James Tynan and Sam Small changed the style of attack resulting in a good solo run up the centre by James Tynan resulting in try number 3. First half changes upfront included Luc van Cauwelaert and Tom Cullen mixed things up further helping the forwards produce good forward momentum resulting in a good try from Jack Byrne.
The second half was played against a slightly tiring Seapoint, which delivered two more tries for Lansdowne and capped off another very successful outing for this talented U12 side in the Metro league. Match day referee was David Colbert who did an excellent job marshalling what was a to be a very clean game - the same cannot be said though for the lads kit, definitely a job for Daz!
(Author Mark Tynan)
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