Under 13’s overcome a combative Crowborough
Heathfield U13s win their first Waterfall Match against Crowborough 30 - 10
Heathfield dealt with a combative Crowborough in their first Waterfall* fixture of the season. The depth of talent within the squad made the selection for this initial competitive fixture challenging beforehand and massively rewarding on reflection.
The first half was a mixture of delight and frustration! There were instances of superb technical work that allowed us to score our 4 tries; a ruck against the head, a disrupted scrum causing a loose ball, another scrum against the head and finally 2 defensive tackles followed by a ruck win and great hands. However, there were too many instances of crabbing with the ball, taking the wrong option; primarily running instead of passing, tackling too high and at times a lack of energy to get to the breakdown quickly enough. It was a combination of these that Crowborough exploited twice to leave the half-time score at 20-10 to the home side.
The second half was more attritional and more error-strewn from both sides. The game became “stop-start” through any number of knock-ons, forward passes and injury timeouts. However, as we are becoming used to, there were patches of brilliance that allowed Heathfield to run in another 2 tries with the 6th and final one begin an excellent example of correct decision. A tap penalty was taken quickly, players ran straight and timed their passes with a final inside step to maximise the space for the winger to run into. A perfect example of our capabilities – quick thinking, 4 pairs of hands and a run in!
The final score was 30-10 to Heathfield. A result pleasing to the coaches but one also giving us areas of focus for upcoming training sessions. If I sound a little picky in my analysis I apologise, but only a little! I am a massive fan of American Football and one of their all-time great coaches made any number of telling quotes and missives. I will leave you with one that resonates with me.
“Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence. I am not remotely interested in just being good.” Vince Lombardi (1958)
*A waterfall structure is a results based seeding system that attempts to place teams in pools of matched ability in the attempt to remove lop-sided matches. After 3 matches the organisers will re-allocate each team as required to ensure their next 3 matches are against appropriate opposition.