Manawatu U11 vs Horowhenua Kapiti U11 Match Report
Match Report Manawatu U11s v Horowhenua Kapiti
Otaki Domain 10.30 KO
Horowhenua turned on a cracker day for our trip down to Otaki and Rahui Rugby Club.
We started off very strong with some very strong carries from our forwards, however determined defence from HK kept us scoreless for the first 10 minutes. We kept carrying strong and eventually Ryan went over after some brilliant direct running from both the backs and forwards, Eric converted.
HK put the pressure on straight from the kick off with a very good chase, they won the ball and some poor tackling saw them score under the posts, they levelled the score with the conversion.
Again we went onto the attack and camped in their half, but were unable to convert this pressure into points. Some very strong running from them saw them score an unconverted try and this had then ahead 12-7 at halftime.
The second half started strongly with some outstanding skills from the backs to get the ball to the outsides where Kaden was able to score twice, Eric landed one of the conversions to put us ahead 19-12.
We started getting some great front foot ball, which gave us plenty of opportunities out wide, we just weren’t able to get over the line. Our big ball carriers were making some significant meters up the middle of the park, but often lost the ball in the contact. Our inside backs were doing well to get the ball to our wingers who were finding space out wide. Kaden got on the outside after some great linking up with both the backs and forwards, he had too much speed for the cover defence and scored two very similar tries in the corner to give us a 29-12 lead going into the last quarter. The ground was surprisingly hard and we had two players come of with light injuries. HK scored through the middle of the park to bring the final score to 29-19, a great win to Manawatu.
Our focus for this week will be making sure we hold onto the ball in the carry, ensure we commit the defender before we give the pass and making sure we support the ball carrier at all times, we will look to increase our work ethic around the park. Our lineouts will also need to be a focus, contested lineouts at this age can be quite messy there is plenty of disruption, tidying up that area will be important so our backs can have more ‘quality ball’.
Back of the day: Kaden Paredy, outstanding with ball in hand, very quick and elusive
Forward of the day: Monty Gibson, he was into everything, great defence and mobility around the park.