Match Report
Bilton Grange Boys-U8A vs  Bablake School
On: Thursday, 07 Nov 2019
Venue: at Home

Bablake travelled to Bilton Grange to enjoy a frenetic, high tempo match. Bablake started the first half with a quick run away try. The BG boys responded well and managed to gain territory steadily via Myles, David, Toby and James initially. The Bablake boys defended very well and were able to take all 7 tags just before the BG boys could finally cross the try line. When in possession of the ball, Bablake were able to use their fast sprinters and find the space out wide to score 2 more quick tries. Toby was able to use his swerve and quick feet and to evade each defender in the final 22 yard area to put BG on the score sheet before half time. 3-1 down at half time. The BG boys struggled with the emotion of being behind, but were able to re-focus at half time and reaffirm their game plan.

Starting with the ball in the second half, the BG boys began to use their skills effectively. David stretched out his legs to score a long range try. Myles Taylor ran good support lines to score one try. The match stood level at 3-3 after 5 minutes. James, Oliver and Andy took the ball on more at this stage and the team were rewarded with another jinking Toby try. 4-3 BG. Bablake were keen to stay in the match and ramped up the pressure. The BG boys put all of their effort into stealing tags; two remarkable diving tags were taken by Toby and David, but Bablake were simply to quick to gain ground and they had soon scored two more tries. 5-4 Bablake. The BG boys were still working well as a team after 9 minutes, breaking the gain line with each tag taken, each boy contributing. Toby scored one more try to take the score level. 5-5. Bablake responded to take the lead once again. 6-5 Bablake. David scored a fast paced try after a string of passes. 6-6. At this point, the BG boys demonstrated desperation to try and win the match. Team tactics fell by the way and Bablake were able to close the game out with two tries. Result, 8-6 Bablake. It is great to see that representing the school means so much to each of the BG U8 boys, but the lesson of 'team come first' was a lesson that will endure and reward those players that stick to that philosophy in future matches.