u16s: Matlock 40-55 Tigers

Sunday 30th October 2016

What a game. This April, Matlock were one of the first teams to be beaten the by Tigers/Tupton under 16s and, this misty autumn morning at the beautiful Matlock ground, many of the lads were hopeful of a win.

But it was Matlock who were first onto the scoreboard. Over the summer, both teams had developed and Matlock have, most notably, a fine, strong fly half and some tall fast centres. Well drilled passing along the line brought them an early, converted try.

Shocked into action, Tigers immediately began to assert their superiority in the pack. From the restart, they rapidly regained possession and, within minutes, Adam had run through the opposition line and scored an answering try. Ethan converted. Matlock’s defensive weakness was soon exposed and, in short order, Jacob and Ted had run in two more tries – the latter converted again by Ethan.

This brought the score to a dominant-looking 7-19 to the visitors. But now it was Matlock’s turn to expose poor defense as a centre ran from deep within his own half to ground the ball under the Tigers posts, shrugging off weak tackles as he went. The try was converted.

Tigers responded with what must be their best worked try of the season so far. A ranging series of carries and well timed offloads down the right wing produced a try from Tom – sadly, not converted.

Defensive failures from both teams allowed both to score another try in the first half. First, Matlock bundled the ball over from a line out on the right corner to bring the score to 21-24 and then, just before half time, Jacob ran one in for the visitors. This was converted by Brendan.

At half time the score was 21-31.

Again, at the restart, Matlock were first out of the blocks – bundling another try over the line. Shortly afterwards, excellent kicking allowed Tigers to produce the same set-piece – a line out on the right wing followed by a text-book maul, driven over and grounded by Jack. Neither try was converted.

There followed a period of refereeing which seemed nothing short of hostile to the visitors – with repeated knock-ons awarded against them.

Matlock scored the next try and converted to bring the scores to within three points (33-36).

Then, a string of penalties given against the visitors pinned them down within their five-metre line. Within minutes, two Tigers players had been sent off – Morgan and then Brendan – without explanation from the referee.

Under such circumstances, stuck at 5 metres and reduced to thirteen men, a score from Matlock was almost inevitable. The conversion brought the score to 40-36.

Once more, displaying enormous fortitude, the visitors fought back and Saul was able to produce the unconverted try that brought them back ahead by one.

From a scrum at the home side's 22 Luca received the ball and muscled it over. Jake converted.

With all Tigers players back on the pitch, Matlock never looked like they were in contention again. A last try from Tom was converted by Brendan to bring the final score to 40-55.

For his all-round excellent play, Jack was awarded Man of the Match.

A terrific game to watch, the kids from Tupton and Tigers played a varied game with depth, skill and, again, the tenacity to overcome.

Play for Tigers

Become part of this up and coming side. Tigers u16s are a friendly, welcoming team on the lookout for new players. If you're aged 14 to 16 we would love to hear from you. If you join Tigers juniors, you will get a game.

To find out more call the club on 0114 236 0075, if we're not there please leave a message we will get back to you or you can email juniors@sheffieldtigers.co.uk

Or, we train on Wednesday evenings at Dore Moor from 6pm - pitch up and have a go.


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