Thursday, 10 February 2011

Morriston vs Pirates

The Pirates took a full squad up to Morriston for another game of three halves.  The first half started badly with Morriston scoring a couple of quick tries due to poor organisation by the Pirates (the Skulls); a lack of defensive alignment letting us down.  Good support work and ball retention saw the Pirates more competitive, before Morriston again scored a further try after strong running.  The highlight of the half was a fine team try, building through many phases, before Tomos finished strongly in the corner. 

All change for the second half and the Pirates (the Crossbones) scored two good tries, from Tom T and Jon, to counter two tries from a stronger Morriston line up. The warm up game alongside the pitch certainly kept the Pirates not on the pitch ready to play and it showed with the commitment being put in.

The third half brought the Skulls back to the pitch and they defended stoutly, with a number of last ditch tackles saving a try against.  Ball retention was good and the Skulls had a good share of possession and territory.  A highlight of this half was the good support and fine inter-passing.  Unfortunately Morriston broke through to score in the last play of the half.  This part of the game was marred by a few bits of skullduggery by the home team, though by all accounts the Skulls stood up well to the intimidation.

The final score was, on a consensus vote by all the spectators I asked, 6 – 3 to Morriston, or 30-15 as no conversions were attempted.  Players of the match were [I have been corrected as I was wrong] Tomasz, for his overall effort and improvement in the contact area, and Rory for a good stint of tackling including tackling Morriston's version of the Incredible Hulk.

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