London Welsh vs Saracens
By Gareth Vaughan Jones
First league match at ODP for these players
London Welsh Dragons had a tough match against a Saracens but will gain a lot of confidence and experience from their performance.
Player for player we were an average of 2 kg lighter and 4 cm shorter but our boys did not flinch in the contact areas and the boys should be proud.
The match started with a sustained period of fast attacking rugby from London Welsh but an organised defence meant that we struggled to breakthrough. Against the run of play saracens scored a good breakaway try.
Rather than let their heads drop this team, as always, showed a lot of character and spirit and kept fighting. Good technique and commitment meant that we ruled the breakdown. Saracens repeatedly had to infringe to try and win back their own ball, meaning the penalty count racked up. Unfortunately another Saracens try meant we were 2-0 down. Our boys kept up with the stained pressure and scored an excellent team try after half time. A commitment to good passing and attacking at speed is a feature of u13 Dragons.
We didn’t win but ultimately the team spirit and the commitment to fast attacking rugby will see this team develop. Most importantly the teams technique in the contact area has meant that they are winning rucks and turnovers that they have no right to win.
Players of the day were Rhys and James for very different reasons and shows that rugby is for different body shapes and styles of playing. Rhys’s tackle count and ability to win turnovers was key in stopping many attacks and also ensured we secured our own ball in attack. James’s ability to split apart well organised defences is becoming a regular and very entertaining feature of his game.
All in all coaches and parents are very proud of this team.