Stingrays V AG
It was an excellent first up match for the U12 stingrays. The Stingrays early defensive pressure paid off with Waylon running in two tries from intercepts and another try after ripping the ball free in a tackle. The defensive organization and tackling overall was very strong. Davis in particular made several strong tackles. The rucking improved during the game with the U12's stringing together 5-6 phases at a time. Isaiah was very prominent in the rucks and made several strong clean-outs. In the 2nd half, Davis scored a couple of nifty tries. The second try was set-up after a nifty offload from Davey. Man of the Match goes to Waylon who scored 4 tries on debut and also made some nice tackles.
The Stingrays U-14 team played an outstanding match against AG. Solid effort in all phases of play. The Stingrays came out fast scoring 3 try's in the opening minutes. Forwards led by Owen R, Ryan and Owen E had AG on their heels, just in time for Mark to move the ball out to our speedy wings of Eric, Alias and Leland. Aaron and Thomas played down to provide direction and experience to the team- in addition to countless cores and tackles. Thomas and Owen E kicked through 6 of 9 kicks. The match was over by half time. In the second half AG adjusted with superior scrums and play was more evenly matched--although the Stingrays still scored many more times. AG did punch across a hard earned try near the end of play.
While there is much we can improve, great fundamentals by the Stingrays led to a fantastic start to the season. Man of the Match this week was Eric for his many long runs and trys