u15 v Cambridge
Opening game of the season shows potential
The first 15-a-side game of the season sees us travel to Cambridge in the expectation of a learning experience with the new rules and lifting in the lineout.
This season will see several players unavailable in the first half of the season due to school games on Saturdays and Mondays and following a review of fixtures last year we are using the ONE TEAM approach to ensure even game time across the whole squad. As this game suggests this will a long term process that should upskill the whole group and develop adaptability in terms of positional skills. This adaptability is evident in this game as we have experienced back row forwards operating in the centres.
If the first tackle is anything to go by this is going to be a hard hitting exchange as their big runner is driven back in the first carry by resolute defence. The opening exchanges are littered with handling errors as the effect of the wind hampers accuracy.
Cambridge take the lead through a converted try (7-0)but we continue to be expansive and eventually the off-loads start to find Colchester hands and we build possession. We win the majority of the contact areas but Cambridge are keen to counter. After a period of solid possession we score our first try of the day
The forward contest remains fairly even with Cambridge just shading the backline battle and it is following some good backs possession that Cambridge take advantage and mount a serious threat to our line. Good cover defence allows us to get the ball into touch. Cambridge then score from a well worked lineout move.
The second half sees us make positional changes and we start brightly with some straight running finding gaps in the Cambridge defence. Pressure pays off and we score with the conversion to level the game.
the last minutes are nervous and we just make a mistake in attack which gives Cambridge possession in our 22 as the final whistle approaches. With the last attack Cambridge profit from some lucky bounces and score in the wide channel.
This opening game has many positives and should provide a sound base to build upon - we know that this will take some time as we will be continually changing the players and position throughout the season.
Cambridge selected the Colchester players of the day with accolades going to
Finn Mackman, Alex Gerrard and George Welsh