U16-Boys game reports from Thursday July-28

The ARROWS came out “cannons-blazing” at home against Mississauga-Blues in a re-match of last Friday’s close game away to the same team.  Having previously squeaked a 14-12 win, the ARROWS were eager to show them the true CRU skill and energy, that previously had seemed a little lacking last week.  Right from the kick-off the ARROWS dominated possession and put together a multi-phase attack utilizing both forward-crashes and slick back-play.  Mississauga were off-balance defensively, not knowing where the next attack was coming from. CRU put two tries over in the first 8 minutes of the game, fittingly one each from the forwards (Kaleb Delaney) and the backs (Andrew Easson).  The first half was tough for the Blues, as CRU continued to play disciplined multi-phase rugby, culminating in several more tries (Kanishka Almeida, Jake Howden, Sam Mills and Carter Horan) to enter the break with a commanding 38-0 lead.

Credit to Mississauga for coming out in the 2nd half with a renewed energy.  A CRU knock-on gave Mississauga possession deep in our half and after several strong phases, the Blues were rewarded with a try in the corner after having stretched Oakville’s defense thin on the wide side.   CRU came back quickly though, and after some excellent off-loading, strung together a quick march down the field ending with Chris Tyson dotting-down the first of two 2nd half tries for the powerful hooker.  As the sides tired, the play became much looser.  Several infractions were given against CRU, and Mississauga managed another try.  However, the depth and strength of the ARROWS were just too much for Mississauga, as Oakville scored 3 more times ending the game with a lovely run by Cameron Montague who offered excellent support at full pace and was duly rewarded for his efforts.

Once again great kicking by Carter Horan, who made 6 of his 8 conversion attempts.  The last two conversions were also successfully made via the boots of back up kickers Chris Tyson and Andrew Easson.  Also a mention must go out to Jack Shaw who, despite being held off the score board, had a fantastic game, creating opportunities and stifling the Blues attack.  Final score 66-10 for the Crusaders.  An excellent effort by the entire team.  Looking forward to next week’s match against the visiting side from Eltham-College on Thursday evening.

The PIKES took on North-Halton-Highlanders on a beautifully grassed field in Georgetown (oh, for efficient irrigation systems !! :-).

The Crusaders team hit early with a couple of opportunistic break away-tries, with great running from Aidan Muldoon and Max Oulette.  The North-Halton team strengthened their resolve and came back at the PIKES team, snuffing out the CRU attacks, and rumbling the ball down-the-field with a series of forward-carries. Although the CRU defensive-line held firm, multiple silly-penalties at the breakdown gave the home team significant possession and territorial advantage.  They capitalised with a penalty goal, and then followed up with a try leaving the PIKES a little shell-shocked at the half.

PIKES struggled to gain rhythm in the second half – a few too many players seemingly taking a “back-seat” as a valiant-few took ball forward, only to lose-it, due in part, to lack of follow-up support.  Trading scores with the North-Halton team still gave CRU a narrow advantage, but the Highlanders hit again with 10 minutes to go to re-gain the lead by the narrowest (one point) margin.  Crusaders persisted bravely in the dying minutes, but a lack of perfect cohesion, meant they were unable to break through the North-Halton defensive line.  So the Highlanders held on to win– final score 20 – 19 to North-Halton .

Man-of-the-Match for Crusaders was Hakam Sanga – great-tackling and mature decision-making of when to “pitch-in” – was key to preventing the North-Halton team exploiting the space out wide.  Overall, the PIKES may feel a little disappointed that they didn’t “up-their-game” at the crucial points in the match – a higher-tempo and a bit more collective-work, may well have secured a win for the Crusaders. Don’t be too hard on yourselves boys! – a close defeat such as this, often spurs us on to ”greater things” – we know what we need to work-on going forward.

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