2XV vs. Rotterdamse RC
Sun's out, guns out. A well known saying among backs. And game day probably being the last sunny day for the coming 5 months, not just the backs but also the forwards brought their guns. In the end, the result was not in our favor. But what a game it was! When looking at the standings and since we played them last year, we knew this Rotterdam team was no joke. They are a strong squad. Lots of experience and some proper players. So this meant we had to do our utmost best if we wanted a result.
And we really gave it our best, if you ask me! The line up had some surprises with Hollywood, Daniël and Bas, reenforcing us from the 1XV. All three had an impact on the game.With Hollywood making the most tackles in the game, Bas scoring the first try and Daniël making big runs and keeping the scrum straight. Unlucky for him, Daniël left the field with a sprained ankle. But when Luuk came on the field we lost nothing of our power.
In the first half the team was playing like never before. The scrums were steady and this is beginning to be a solid foundation for us. In the line outs were dominated them as well. And our defense was tough! Ed Sheeran's appearance on stage was flawless. His tackles were on point, the runs he made were dangerous every time and he even shined on the number 8 spot for some minutes. In these two months see can the growth Chris made as a player. A well deserved man of the match performance!
But more players showed that they have improved over the last couple of weeks. Harry again amazed us with his runs. If they had a Frenchman on their team he would surely have surrendered after his first charge. The second row is really coming together with Felix and Vincent. Dion had false start but still played well had scrum half. Although it was Rik who playing like he is the 9 for a long time.
The backs also did their part and there really is only one man who must be mentioned here: our flying Scotsman scored his very own first try with the L.S.R.G. Congrats mate! The ball was played fairly decent through the hands more than once. Some good runs were made but the backs, but we just weren't able to finish them off. With more experience this won't be an issue because you will know to just power through at those moments.
I must say I'm impressed by the way we played this Sunday. Your skills all across the board are improving rapidly, game knowledge is getting better and you are becoming tougher in fights over the ball. Whether it's a ruck, a scrum or any other situation, you know what to do! Score: 12 - 22.
Keep up the good work at practise and on to the next one!