U16 VX Match Report vs Limavady
By Stephen Walker
U16 Match Report
City of Derry RFC U16 Match Report
(Vs Limavady U16’s 17/11/18)
CDRFC U16’s 17-0 Limavady U16’s
This week Derry faced Limavady who were just 5 points behind them in the league table, leaving this a must win for the Derry Side. Derry were looking to improve over recent performances and overall had to prove they were contenders for a top 2 finish.
Derry received and from the get go they looked very confident and patient going through the phases. However, going up too high in to contact and not protecting the ball led to unfortunate and unnecessary turnovers which led to the home side getting pinned inside their half. In previous games Derry tackling and defence seemed to be one of their biggest issues however, this wasn’t the case today, the Derry defence looked strong, tackles were aggressive and counter rucking was immaculate.
After a few phases Derry played it out to the backs and they made very good ground from running hard at pace and drawing men in, creating space in order to pass the ball out wide. One Derry attack looked very promising, winger Shane O’Kane made a break but due to running out of space was tackled in to touch. A missed opportunity to put the home side in front. These attacks continued but just unfortunately the final pass wasn’t to hand, or it was occasionally fumbled.
But just 10 minutes before half time, Jacob Cole made a break and headed for the line, only to be stopped just short of the line, a pick and go from Hooker Adam Coyle who stormed his way over and got the first score of the match. The scores stayed the same for the rest of the half.
Half time: Derry 5-0 Limavady
As the second half started, Derry kicked off and put the opposition under instant pressure, getting in the faces of the Limavady players forcing a handling error. For the first time this season a team had matched the Derry pack in scrums. The front 3 found it difficult to put Limavady under pressure but managed to secure their own ball. From this it got out to Derry’s backline. Good communication from Corey Walsh, spreading the ball through the hands and put Sean Bates in for the second score of the day. Making the score 10-0.
As the game continued, any pressure Limavady applied on the Derry defence they seemed to absorb, staying very disciplined. Soon after a well-constructed back move had saw, Centre Alex Thompson pick a gap and offload to Tjay for the third and final score of the match. Tjay converted his own score brilliantly. The score now at 17-0.
Final score: Derry 17-0 Limavady
A very strong and excellent performance. Mostly positives coming from that game obviously being defence, tackling, rucking, running straight and hard, and also lineouts being very constructive this week. However, we always can improve, forcing the last pass instead of just taking it in and recycling was still a problem, or if the pass is on we take it into contact. But overall a fantastic TEAM performance and effort from everyone. Man of the match being Kristian Slater who was extremely influential and solid around the breakdown, forcing turnovers and making sure our scrum half was securing quick and clean ball. It was clear to see that the team had taken everything on board that the coaches have been implementing in training. The team will look to continue this vein of form, building upon this performance and make sure we are properly prepared for Coleraine in 2 weeks time.