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Tough game for U15/U16 in Cup
Written by Patrick Hadoke   
Monday, 11 February 2013

Howe 72 vs Kirkcaldy 0

The Caledonian Cup draw didn’t do the Kirkcaldy U15/ U16s any favours, handing them a very tough tie against an excellent Howe side. A depleted squad took the short trip for an early kick off in Cupar, knowing they had a hard task against them. This was confirmed in the opening exchanges. Kirkcaldy did well to repel the first attack and win possession with a penalty. Unfortunately, a missed touch from the relieving kick was ruthlessly exploited by Howe who moved the ball quickly wide to score on the right. From the restart the Howe forwards caught and drove the entire length of the half to double their advantage: it began to look as if it would be a very long match.

After conceding a further score, the Kirkcaldy team rallied and regrouped and started to put together some useful phases of play; even taking a scrum against the head. Moving forward the lads made some inroads and started to force some mistakes form the opposition. Joe was notable in the middle of everything, leading and encouraging the team, whilst Ryan was steady at fly half and made some good yards in the middle of the pitch. This could not disguise the quality of the opposition, though, who gradually drew further out of sight, ending the half leading 36-0.

The pattern stayed very much the same in the second period, with Kirkcaldy trying hard but without reward. The lads did well to keep their discipline and effort going. Benjamin was excellent in the centre, making some great runs at the opposition, and James had another solid game at wing forward. As the half wore on the opportunity was taken try some new combinations. Dave came on as flank forward and made some strong, determined breaks while moving Max to the centre gave him the chance to take the ball going forward.

This was a really tough game for the Kirkcaldy lads but it was played in a great spirit and handled very well by the referee. The players should have learned from it and certainly should take heart from the way they stuck to the task. The pack never stopped grafting and all deserve praise for the effort they put in whilst the backs tried hard against a big, organised three quarter line that came back at them with speed and direct running. Finally, congratulations to Aidan who had a very positive start to his career with Kirkcaldy – despite starting against probably the toughest opposition we will face all year.

 

 

Squad: Keiran Adamson, Ross Aitken, Matt Collins, Joe Finnie, Dave Fleming, Austin Glass, Max Hadoke, Richard Jones, Owen Laing, Angus Moyes, James Pow, Mitch Rigby, Alex Schroeder-Smith, Benjamin Simpson, Greg Stewart, Ryan Wallace, Aidan Wiseman.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 March 2013 )
 
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