Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U13A vs  Claires Court School
On: Saturday, 10 Nov 2018
Venue: at Home

Won 50-5

Tries - Reiss-Alexander Russell-Denny (2) Lucas Dance (3) Brandon Kingsbury Nadir Naseem, Dylan Baker (2)

Celebrity mention - Ollie Matthews MoM - A voracious appetite for tackling and rucking and having moved into the backs in the second half, there was a demonstrable effect on the quality of the forwards’ rucking without his presence.

A 50-5 victory after a 3 try all draw last year, against a team that went into pool A of the Berkshire tournament, is real proof of the development the players in this team have made. For probably the first time in two seasons we were clearly bigger than the opposition and a powerful performance with some excellent running skills put Claire's Court to the sword. Happily, it wasn't just a performance based on power as some deft team skills also came into play.

Having played for a side whose scrum-half was the top try scorer in all of the National Leagues at the end of the season, where nearly half of them were 5m scrum push overs!, it is important to recognise the contribution of the players who facilitated the opportunity for players to score the tries, who are lucky enough to have their names published in assembly. True, scoring a try is not to be sniffed at, as it is a skill in itself, but a big theme of the U13s team ethic has been to understand why the opportunities were created and to give credit where it is due. So, while our scrum-half was at a posh dinner in a top London hotel, hobnobbing with the England players, the ‘Green Machine’ (our forwards) was sat quietly at a bar having a pint. Anyway, enough philosophical ramblings, not sure how many people read this anyway, so here goes...

Things that made me excited about watching the U13s on Saturday

We know about Reiss’ fantastic running ability and any team that kicks to him does so at it’s peril, as his two tries today demonstrated, but adding try saving tackles to his repertoire meant he was close contender for the MoM award.

Sam Deacon, (another MoM contender) who is improving his understanding of the game every week, and Kellen Draper’s excellent handling in tight areas in a break down the left wing.

A Jack Rees ‘special’ hit in the centre.

The first time we have executed an exit from ‘coffin corner’ with an excellent box kick from Lucas and great chase from Brandon to gain 40+m.

Nadir’s one handed ‘over the top’ offload.

Offloading and tip passing in tight areas by the forwards.

Max Dhanda's (another MoM contender) intensity.

Kian Morjaria, Kellen, Henry Hawes and Jack Leftly's improving understanding of the right time to pick and go.

Dylan Baker's improving understanding of the right time to dummy and go for his second try.

Ethan Morgan's ability to play well in pretty much any position in the backs.

In parts, an excellent performance