Heathfield Vs Jersey
Under 13’s on Cloud 9 after Jersey match
There is a line from the aforementioned classic from The Temptations; “You can be what you wanna be” and this pretty much sums up this bunch of young men. This weekend’s showing highlighted talent, strength, technique, attitude and determination – all the attributes a coaching team are looking for!
On our last outing pre-Christmas it was perhaps fitting that we were delivered a Wintery day with driving rain and the temperature hovering around freezing! Whilst, to paraphrase Wilson Pickett, it was a little like the Land of a Thousand Scrums out there that has to be both expected and accepted when You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling in your hands!
The result was, one again, set-up by a mammoth showing by the forwards. Both dominant at the scrum and combative at the ruck they produced plenty of ball that allowed the backs to execute their skills to score. For the forwards the message is very clear; The Way You Do The Things You Do is producing excellent results!
The Heathfield defence from both forwards and backs was strong all morning with a repeated encore of Nowhere To Run being played to the opposition.
With the conditions as they were it was never going to be A Thrill A Moment but both teams have to be applauded for their intent to play. Both teams kept trying to move the ball with the Jersey team staying true to their game-plan of trying to move the ball quickly along the line to try and exploit space. On a fast, hard track they will cause good teams plenty of problems.
Having read the report so-far you may be expecting a drab scoreline but in fact it was the opposite. The execution at times was exceptional with strong running lines, great support and well timed passes allowing Heathfield to run in 9 tries. Run, Run, Run and Don’t Look Back clearly ideas at the front-of-mind for the backs!
The match was played in a fantastic spirit and the way all the boys jointly celebrated the match finishing was great to see. The only way I can truly end this report is by summing up our feelings towards the Jersey club. They have a very unique layer of challenges to overcome and yet still produce a skilful, well-drilled outfit from a group of smart, polite boys. R-E-S-P-E-C-T!