The Wildcats lined up as follows for this match; Josh R, Josh B, Connor, Tom R, Dylan, Cam, Keiran, Ike and Owen. Gowerton kindly leant us a player so we were able to play 10 a side, which is the correct number of players for us this year.
Gowerton, as usual, gave us a really good game, with them being very organised and well drilled. I felt we benefitted by having all our players on the pitch for the full amount of time, and they all were able to get into the game because of this.
I was delighted with the commitment of our team. We are beginning to follow the patterns of play we are trying to develop. I was especially pleased with the tackling that was going in from our players, (remember we need to keep the tackles low!) I must mention Cam here as an example of how we should all be tackling. Cam was alert and ready when we were defending. He was moving up on the attacking players and closing them down as soon as their player had passed. He didn't allow them to begin their runs. A great example to us all! Well done Cam, let's see if you can do this for every game!
Our running was also good, with some hard yards being made by most of the team. We need to remember to run straight though, and not across the pitch and eventually into touch.
Rugby is a team sport. Not everyone will score the tries. However all can play a part in the build up to a try. By running straight and hard towards the try line you will be setting up a try. Remember to place the ball ready for the scrum half to pass if you get tackled, and then offer yourself as a runner in the next phase of play.
The final score was 2-2. Our tries coming from Dylan and Keiran. Well done boys!
All in all another improvement, still plenty to work on, but the signs are good!