Sunday saw the visit of Dunstable U16s to Stockwood for our first match of the season, and although we were ultimately defeated the game was tighter than the scoreline might suggest, it was played in good spirit by both teams and Dunstable were made to work for their victory. This Park side have had an influx of players over the past 2 seasons, growing from 11 lads to now 27 (4 joining just this week), with varying degrees of rugby experience. The game v Dees gave us an opportunity to experiment with the positions the boys have been playing in, take look at the new boys in a competitive match and to provide game time to all members of the squad. In a match played in 4 quarters we were never over run at any point and created several opportunities of our own, with inexperience and handling errors preventing us from converting chances and possession in to points. Indeed it was basic handling errors inside our own 22 and over our own try line that cost us at least 2 tries, and on another day we may not have gifted such easy points to the opposition. These things will of course be worked on in training and hopefully removed from our game as the season progresses. The 4 debutantes all made good contributions with the ball in hand and in defence, with one of them, Taylor Dennie, making an excellent 50m surging run down his wing before being tackled a few metres from the try line, where after a couple of well worked forward phases Sam Tenny crashed over for our only try, Kieran Taylor converting.
We now have our first league game approaching next Sunday and the coaching team have selection choices to make in just about every position, a problem we have never had to deal with before but do so with relish.
Finally, thank you to Dunstable and their coaching team, a very well drilled side who play rugby the right way and have a great set of boys, it’s the first time we have had a team to play you over the last few seasons and hope to do so again in the future.
Final score 7-39