By Dan Henderson, Director of Rugby
Six grades played on Mosman soggy pitch…..
With the Lindfield rugby clubs demise dominating discussions and some leadership board outcomes, this was a day of poor performances which means it’s one we should learn from, and move past quickly.
Several players were missing – yes, but poor understanding of the wet conditions and ability to execute, simple game plans and tactics had coaches stumped. Players chose to play stuck on their own try-line far too often, as the home sides across all grades made easy work of playing the “territory game” on their home pitch.
4th Grade: 20-17 Loss
Well fought match, which went the way of the home side.
3rd Grade: 29-0 Loss
Tough season for last year’s premiership winning grade.
Colts: 0-34 WIN
Fantastic defence saw the Colties hold out a solid Mosman attack for the first 15 minutes of the match. This side did take quite some time to play to the pitch, but saw dividends when they played to the conditions.
2nd Grade: 27-12 Loss
Fantastic start to this match, but again the team failed to play to the field and suffered from poor handling and the constant struggle of trying to get out of our 22.
1st Grade: 27-17 Loss
The biggest frustration was opportunities lost, as a clear game plan was poorly executed. We saw poor kicking under pressure, poor recognition of picture and poor handling. This was a game to play to the conditions which was obvious after watching how our 2nd grade side lost.
We can be proud to have three teams in the finals, and we need to both train and play like we want to be the team to beat.