A Promising Display in Opening Game
The under 14s score in each half but lose to Uckfield U14s in their opening match of the season. By Dom Weisz
Seaford under14s played their first match of the season at the Salts against Uckfield u14s. The under 14s play in a series of friendlies with a pool structure specifically set up to enable clubs with a shortage of players or with players who are less experienced and are unable to play regular matches in the more competitive waterfall leagues.
Both teams fielded 13 players, play was quite even when the attacks came through the middle of the pitch, it was when Uckfield started to pass the ball wide to their wingers that they started scoring. Seaford tackling was very brave with Alex putting in some great try saving tackles in mid field. Lucas, Lamai and Jack J carried on from last season, running straight and making great ground all of them going close . Our inexperienced scrum held up well and Jack B playing hooker had the job of throwing in to lineout for the first time and Cameron keeping up well with play at scrum half. Tristan scored our first try showing good strength to get over the line. The Uckfield coaches very kindly said how impressed they were with Seafords play despite the our lack of experience and size.
The second half saw Uckfield's very quick wingers again scoring out wide despite Robbie and James fronting up bravely, but honours were even up the middle. Jack J scored our second try after some strong running and good support play, Joseph converted.
For a first match of the season the tackling was pretty good notably from Joseph and Alex in the backs and Jake covering well at full back. The rucking was equal to Uckfield's and the scrum, who were contesting both hooking and pushing for the first time, stood up bravely with Orin and Laurie propping after a half time reshuffle.
Despite a loss there is plenty to be proud of from all who played and it was great to see an under 14 team playing a competitive match. Thanks to Gwen and Andy for the after match food and to Pete for reffing.
Team: Tristan, Jack B, Lamai, Laurie, Orin, Lucas, Cameron, Joseph, Jack J, Alex, Robbie, James, Jake