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Match report 24/11/2013 Esher Rugby vs London Scottish


0 - 0

London Scottish

What a cruel game rugby can be. Anyone who watched the valiant effort of the Irish team on Sunday will have witnessed one of the finest, and most exciting, games of rugby ever played. You will also have witnessed yet another example of how costly mistakes can be, and how professional the All Black are as a team, with a 'never-say-die' attitude, and a confidence that they will score – even if it's with only a few seconds remaining.
For our boys, it was a perfect example of the importance of never taking your foot off the gas, keeping concentration levels high at all times, and being alert throughout the whole match.

With a weakened team, we took to the pitch to play London Scottish this week having not really shown anything near the levels of commitment and concentration we require in the warm-ups. After a few words from me, and laps up and down the pitch, the boys gradually developed their focus on the games ahead. 
I have to say the first period of 10 minutes was some of the best rugby we have seen the boys play. Forwards were immense in clearing out and winning ball. The backs ran hard and straight, and created gaps which they then exploited with some great passing and individual runs. Like the Irish we were 3 tries up and all was looking good.
Then we made the mistake of the Irish – we dropped our intensity, we made mistakes (poor rucking, and missed tackles, will always be costly), and we lost our shape and composure. Needless to say Scottish scored, and were back in the game. At the end of the second period, we ended up 2-1 down!!.
Luckily for us (not so much for the Irish), we were able to rectify our mistakes, and get back into the game for the third and final period. I'm not sure what the score was, I think 0-0, however we played well, and all the boys could come off the pitch proud of their performances. None more so than Kenny 'Mad Dog' Cecil, who was Ritchie McCaw-esque in his ability to get to the breakdown, out-muscle the opposition and make incisive breaks – well done Mad Dog for a thoroughly well-deserved Player of the Week Award.
Next Sunday I hope we can welcome back some absent members of the team ( it would be great to have a full turn-out from all boys and see what we are really capable of achieving).

The Squad is really starting to come together now with the boys regularly putting in impressive performances – however to win silverware we will have to ensure that we can sustain those performances for the full match time – with no lets ups, and no mistakes. I can only imagine how some of those Irish boys must feel this morning – so near but yet so far – that's not a feeling I wish for our boys to have to endure.

A reminder to the boys - bruises and bumps are temporary, the result lasts forever….


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