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U16 - Match centre

Ballymena
City of Derry RFC
Sat 3 Nov 11:00 - League Full time

Derry struggle against Ballymena

City of Derry RFC U16 Match Report

City of Derry RFC U16 Match Report
(vs Ballymena 3/11/18)

Ballymena U16’s 44 -17 CDRFC U16’s

Derry were looking to make amends this week after a disappointing performance against Rainey OB. Derry knew they had a massive task ahead as this wasn’t going to be any easier, if not harder than last week.

Derry kicked off into the wind, and put very little to no pressure on Ballymena. They attacked hard and used their forwards to make good ground and get over the gain line. One of Derry’s issues last week was tackling and it showed this week too. Too many Derry players were tackling up high and too soft. After a while, Ballymena pushed out wide into the space and dotted down for the first score of the match. The score was now 5-0.

Once again Derry kicked into the wind but this time the kick didn’t go ten and Ballymena opted for the scrum. The Derry pack stood strong and stable but just missed out on getting the ball back. Much like last week, Derry looked very pedestrian in defence allowing Ballymena to gain a lot of ground until they got it out to the wing for another score, this time they converted. The score was now 12-0.

As the game continued, Derry gave away countless penalties due to being careless and messy around the breakdown but the same could be said for Ballymena, only they didn’t get pinged for it. Before the half ended, Ballymena got another two scores, and the Derry Hooker, Adam Coyle sustained an injury ruling him out for the remainder of the game.

Half time score: Ballymena 24-0 Derry

The second half was much the same. Too many players going up high in the rucks cost us dearly as did poor/lack of tackling. From this, Ballymena got two more scores and looked as if they had the game in the bag. The score was now 38-0.

Injuries were a reoccurring issue for Derry but despite all that, Derry fought back and showed great heart to run in three scores of their own. One coming from scrum half Niall McCartney and the other two from wing forward Tjay Magee.

Final Score:
Ballymena U16’s 44-17 City of Derry U16’s

Again, a very disappointing performance on our behalf. The things we did wrong last week still seem to be a big issue. Poor tackling, decision making, poor communication and rucking really let us down today. What we must do now is take this defeat on the chin and move on to the next game. This attitude of complacency needs to be eradicated. If we want to progress as a team we need to start playing as a team instead of individual playing. We also need to show that we want to improve week by week and at the minute, we aren’t doing that. It’s not as if we can’t do it because I know all us have the potential to win big games - it takes hard work, discipline and commitment to succeed, especially in a team sport like Rugby.

Match Report by Jacob Cole (U16’S Captain)

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Team selection

Walsh, Corey Walsh, Corey
O’Kane, Shane O’Kane, Shane
Slater, Kristian Slater, Kristian
Dromgoole, Ciaran Dromgoole, Ciaran
Roarty, Plunkett Roarty, Plunkett
Thompson, Alex Thompson, Alex
McCartney, Niall McCartney, Niall
Cole, Jacob Cole, Jacob
McCartney, Jack McCartney, Jack
Magee, T-Jay Magee, T-Jay
Bonner, Caolan Bonner, Caolan
Donnel, Dylan Donnel, Dylan
Neely, Cody Neely, Cody
Coyle, Adam Coyle, Adam
Friel, Josh Friel, Josh

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