Fresh from their outstanding performance against Bury Grammar School, the U13 Rugby Squad made another lengthy Saturday morning journey. Once again their commitment was excellent with the squad being almost at full strength. Having met before Christmas Abbey Gate knew they were in for a tough match and this was confirmed 5 minutes into the game as the hosts steamed down the slope to get the scoreboard ticking over. This was followed by a period of immense pressure which saw Abbey Gate struggle to get out of their own half and Scarisbrick set up camp in their 22. Abbey Gate turned in a magnificent show of determination and courage in defence to prevent the hosts converting their pressure into points. Eventually a second try did come and Abbey Gate rang the changes, injecting some pace in the shape of Freddie Hewish. With his first touch of the ball Freddie managed to run the full length of the pitch, through the mud, into the wind and against the slope only to be held up over the line. This proved to be the turning point of the game as Abbey Gate sprung into life and had their own spell of pressure, eventually crossing the whitewash via a Ben Nicholas interception on the stroke of half time.
With the score at 10-5 going into half time spirits were high in the Abbey Gate camp and with the wind at their backs and the slope in their favour they began the second half brightly. The forwards turned in a much improved performance at the break down leading to quick and quality ball that was ably distributed to the back line. Led by Max Watfa who was outstanding at Fly Half the boys seemed like they had again missed the memo about the weather and continued to throw the ball around like they were a Fijian Sevens team. Before long the scores were tied and Abbey Gate's forwards sealed victory through a powerful rolling maul which saw a muddied Max Cooper emerge ball in hand having secured the winning try. There were too many outstanding performances to name a man of the match but again, the boys commitment to each other and to attending regular training sessions is seeing them perform admirably.
Thanks must go to Scarisbrick Hall for their hard work in keeping the fixture on despite the terrible weather and their excellent hospitality. Both the home and away fixtures have been played in a great spirit with all boys thoroughly enjoying a keenly contested game of rugby, we all hope that this will be the start of a good old fashioned friendly rivalry between the teams!
Published: Monday, 5th February 2018