O Scrum All Ye Faithful
Wyggs-Lions 7 (1*) – 55 (9*) Market Bosworth
(* denotes number of tries scored)
A festive tinge and warm conditions found the team in good spirits as they prepared for today’s fixture. A defeat to today’s visitors, Market Bosworth, earlier in the season at Oval Park added some spice as the players, knowing they themselves were now a more disciplined and skilled side, could look to settle a score. Despite some individual flashes of resistance and brilliance, the Wyggs-Lions side passively allowed Bosworth to dominate the game, retain possession, create space and use it more effectively.
The first quarter showed some promise, the now-typical early mistakes tempered with some determination. Personified by Jack, making his first start since his early-season injury, he stuck in and demonstrated he’d overcome the nerves since recovering from his break. Strong tackling from Amman from the off failed to prevent Bosworth being first on the scoreboard, his teammates not heeding earlier training and tackling lower to tackle effectively 0-7. A series of penalties pegged Bosworth in their own half with Wyggs-Lion possession that permitted Finn to charge over the try line and Sam to duly convert 7-7. A scything charge from Healey, passed to Will, who was unfortunate to slip and bring a promising scoring opportunity to an abrupt end. Bosworth showed good shape and scored on the wing, leveraging the space and time offered them by the home side. 7-14 at the end of the quarter.
3 unanswered tries from Bosworth in the second quarter, scored almost identically with a several-man overlap, gave Wyggs-Lions a mountain to climb. Substitute Jonny Sobek added some tackling ballast and go-forward carries but this was only sporadic resistance. Tempers began to fray towards the end of the half and only a loud charge from Cayden provided the spectators with some passion to raise the adrenaline. 7-33 at half-time. 3 more unanswered tries in the 3rd quarter compounded the misery and whilst Tristan, William, Sam, and Luca continued to demonstrate some ownership and bite, stemming some of the tide with try-saving tackles, the inaccuracies and poor tackling technique failed to arrest the leaking of points 7-50.
With nothing to play for but pride, Wyggs-Lions dialled-up the hunger, perhaps eager to make it to the buffet whilst Bosworth also happy to ease off. Alfie was unlucky not to score, instead finding touch, however Bosworth found 1 more try with a pick n go at a ruck and a charge up the centre on the field, ending the match 7-55.
Unfulfilled potential is becoming a theme of the season and, despite great training sessions midweek, and flashes of brilliance on the weekend, the players are simply not starting games with the right hunger, accuracy, and cohesion to gain early points on the scoreboard and thus the psychological foothold that turns close games to the advantage of one side versus the other. One hopes some rucking around the Christmas Tree, and some time resting and recuperating over the festive break, will re-energise the players for the second half of the season.
U14 Team Manager