VS Pleasanton Cavaliers
Team arrived ready to play and very energetic. Pleasanton had 10 players, we had seven so we opted to play 7s. Game started at a very rapid tempo. Both sides played defense and offence very well and were able to hold their positions with remarkable discipline. The officials also did an excellent job of keeping the play flowing.
Pleasanton were able to open the scoring with a try half way through the first half. The rest of the half was a spirited exchange of possessions and some excellent defensive plays from the silicon valley team.
After a quick half time break, play resumed - Pleasanton scored again but the Silicon Valley team continued to battle on. This level of play led to a try from Maxwell into the corner and some well-earned celebrations from the team. We had another player join us so we were now 8 against 8. Pleasanton were able to run another try in towards the end of the game and that was the final score.
For about half of the U8s on the field from Silicon Valley this was their first game, some of them had also only been to one practice. They all played remarkably well and it bodes well for the rest of the season.
We finished our day with a quick scrimmage game, U8s mixed SV and Cavaliers versus a mixed Dads team. Although the Dads played well they were overwhelmed by the sheer energy of the U8s who won with a quick try up the center.
A fantastic opening day and game against a well drilled and organized team. The Cavaliers were wonderful hosts and the U8s very much look forward to playing there again soon.
U10 Open and Light
What a wonderful weekend of rugby! The U10s did a great job in their first games of the season. It can be the toughest game of the year but this team showed us they were ready for it.
The first game against Pleasanton's Light side was well matched. Our team came out strong and scored several tries. Will, Theo, & Ben were some of our try scorers for the match. Thomas & Chance did well with tackling and Lewis & Adam did a great job covering the wings. As well as they played, it was also an opportunity for us coaches to see what we still need to practice. Well done, U10 Light.
Man of the Match for the Light game:
The Open Match was the toughest game of the day with Pleasanton outweighing us and having more experience. The first half was very one sided with Pleasanton scoring several unanswered tries. The second half was more even with our team scoring several tries and playing better. Andrew, Tyler, & Adam were a few of our try scorers. Way to finish strong.
Man of the Match for the Open game:
We would also like to congratulate David Brook for picking up the referee whistle and doing a good job for his first match.
U12 Open and Light
It was a beautiful bright sunny day in Livermore, a bit crisp in the morning but as the sun rose in the sky it warmed up quite a bit. A great day for rugby overall. Our U12 coaches are very excited about our crop of young ruggers, this year's team we have quite a few returning players (most of which are newly up from U10s) with a few new players to complement the side. The Cavaliers had an extremely capable side of "light" players, and a true "Open" side, where all of their players were greater than 100lbs. The harder they come, the harder they fall.
We began the match, spreading the ball, and linking up several passes. We lost the ball quite a few times in the ruck. We will continue to work on the skill necessary for successfully winning a ruck. We saw excellent tackling from some of our veteran players such as Scotty, Wade and David, and from some of new players including Devlin and Maverick, great job boys. Congratulations to our players of the match: Paddy (Backs) and
Our "Open" match was a tough match against a bigger and more experienced side of Cavaliers. To try and help even things out we borrowed front row players each half, (thanks Addison and Max! and later in the match the twins at lock, who were excellent at the breakdown and could carry the ball). The Cavaliers went out to an early lead, They were well drilled at the breakdown (rucks) and could run and pass. We had a few excellent rucks, and a great defensive goal line stand. We had a try taken from us by a quick whistle by the ref, if he had played advantage, it would have been a try. Congratulations to open players of the match: Wade (backs) and
The coaches were very proud of the teams, they played well during the match, and listened to the coaches during the match. They did not get discouraged, even when were were losing by a large margin, they remained positive and encouraged each other on the pitch.
SV middle school showed up on a nice pitch in great weather ready to play a well drilled team. In true rugby spirit, Pleasanton offer three players to make it a full fifteen on fifteen. Coach Larry had asked our team to concentrate on two goals
1. Rucking hard and creating at least four consecutive phases; and,
2. Tackle physical with shoulder- i.e. do not let them run through our middle.
Our forwards quickly proved coach had set the first goal too low by stringing many multi-phase attacks in the first half with strong showing from Captain Nick and Isiah both running and rucking. Eashan and Eliki showed no fear in running the ball in their first ever rugby game. In the backline, Sam volunteered to be my runner and did a fine job at a new position and Gunnar showed his speed with some great runs. The first half ended without team down 4 tries and our fitness showing.
While the second half score was even larger as Pleasanton was able to put an additional 6 tries down, we got to see some skill play from Arthur that really showed the value of a good ball off the scrum and some great tackling from Carson on the wing. A special thank you should be given to the U12 play Chuck for stepping up and doing a great job adding to our numbers.
Our forwards did show their fitness needs work as ultimately we lost two tries through the middle, but they did manage to put together a few beautiful multi-phase attack (one that I counted 8 rucks). We were all happy to see Jack get us on the scoreboard with the first try of the season. Ben demonstrated the next goal of passing in the tackle and Wyatt shoed Pleasanton that he cannot be tackled by one player. Congrats to Nick and Carson for winning the man of the match, and Nick for winning “Rucker of the week”