Didsbury TocH 25 – 65 Sale
With the sun shining over Didsbury we were hoping that the U11’s would make an equally bright start, but it was a characteristic slow first quarter with numerous handling errors. However, Sale were able to play most of this period in the opponents half and were able to take the two opportunities that presented themselves to take an early 10-0 lead.
Cass came on to make his debut and Sale were determined to more competitive at the ruck in the second quarter. As the game developed many of the errors were eliminated, leading to a more open game, by half time Sale had opened up a 30-10 lead with Josh, Sahib and Max all scoring tries.
In the second half Didsbury began to tire and a combination of good passes and strong running resulted in Sale exploiting the space. Will put Josh in for a further score, then Josh put Max in for his hat trick with a great pick up and pass. Then Jamie threw a dummy and darted towards the try line only to be pulled down by a high tackle.
Didsbury lost a player through injury and Sahib, having come off earlier, offered to play the final quarter for the opponents. Despite trailing 55-15, Didsbury remained competitive and Sale needed strong tackles from Tom and Ted and a try saving tackle from Josh. Rahul then enjoyed out pacing his ‘former team mate’ Sahib for his try, but the game ended with Sahib scoring for the hosts. In the end Josh scored 5 tries, Sahib 4 (and one for Didsbury), Max 3 and Rahul 1. This week the players wanted to award the MoM to Cass for a great debut.
Team: Sale Under 9’s
Date of match/Joint Training: 26th March
Venue: Didsbury Toc H
Sale FC 6 V 5 Didsbury Toc H
Brief Match/Training Outline
The clocks going forwards certainly affected Sale U9’s today. They were 3 tries down within minutes of the kick off. Just before the second half Sale started to get back into the game with Oscar Raw making some strong runs and scoring a few tries as well as making 1 notable tackle. The second half saw Sale kick into gear, with Joe Howells starting speed the game up, acting as scrum half, he produced some excellent passing. Sale got on the front foot with surging runs from Sam Roberts, Hatty Vis and Oliva Soar. Sam and Oliva getting over for tries. The move of the game saw Oscar Hankin (Captain) burst through the defence at pace, setting up a lovely try. This capped a wonderful performance by Oscar, comprising of hard running, great passing out the tackle and wonderful defensive performance. The really “Captain’s” moment came when he chase a Didsbury player right across the pitch to bundle him into touch, saving a certain try. Che Lewis came into the game in the latter stages with some surging runs. Overall Sale won 2 of the 3 games. Didsbury played some lovely rugby, great handling and strong running.
In the second of our two games on Sunday we were faced with a much bigger team from Dukinfield. They had some powerful strike runners and a few players who were unaware of the offside rule. However, we played them tight up front and let the backs take them on at pace. For the first time ever, we called a dummy play with (no instructions from the sideline) from a free kick and it worked to create probably the try of the season so far for our newest recruit.
All in all a powerful performance of rugby against a big fast team. It was great to get back to winning ways.
A good win against a spirited ToCH and Broughton Park side. We made hard work of our one try, but ToCH didn’t get out of their own half for most of the game. Again a dominant pack creating a solid platform for the backs to run. Tackling from ToCH/Broughton was what kept them in the game. I’m always impressed with the tackling skills of some teams. Their defense kept us honest but fortunately we managed to secure a win with a very well worked try.