Belhaven Hill School

Co-ed Boarding & Day School for ages 5-13

Boys' Rugby: U11 v Cargilfield

Boys' Rugby; U11 v Cargilfield

Opponents:   Cargilfield
              Wednesday, 2nd October
Belhaven Hill

After the excitement (and overly long report) of Sunday’s tournament, there was always a risk that today’s rematch against Cargilfield was going to be an anticlimax, and so it proved – to a point.

Cargi started with the tap ‘n pass but both teams seemed a little wary of each other and for the  first ten minutes neither team could gain the upper hand. Eventually, they did score and that slightly woke our boys up a bit and they came back well for a try in the 17th minute. Unfortunately, as so often happens, this was nullified by a try directly from the restart. As disappointing as that was, what followed was worse! With the referee (me) calling “Last play!” Belhaven won a penalty on their own try line. The appropriate course of action at this point was to tap the ball then kick it into touch or dot it down but in a moment of blind panic (not the only one in the match!), it was hurled backwards, dropped, picked up, hurled away again, dropped and eventually dotted down by a Cargi hand. Disaster.

The 1st half was, undoubtedly the worst 20 minutes of rugby we’d played this season with usually sensible boys throwing blind and wild passes, many of which were turned over. To be fair, Cargi. were good and put us under pressure but there wasn’t really any excuse for it.

I tried a really stern word or two at half time but it didn’t seem to work immediately as Cargi scored another just two minutes into the half! The boys did, however, respond as the half went on and they started to play as they can – with determination and spirit, passing the ball out wide and to hand. A cheeky try from James, taking a quick penalty, certainly showed spirit and another from him, this time a darting, jinking run, seemed to fire up the boys a bit and the half got more and more competitive.

One unpleasant episode, when a Cargi. lad kicked captain Josh while he was on the ground, threatened to sour things somewhat but I was pleased with the manner in which the boys (Josh in particular) dealt with it. These things, while having no place in the game, do sometimes happen in such a hard-fought match when the blood is up – I believe that rugby is unique in its ability to take players to the edge and learning to control their temper is a very important part of the game and a brilliant life skill.

So, in the end, it was another tough contest between two good teams. We knew we needed to be at our best again to beat this Cargi team; we weren’t, so we didn’t.

We also allowed an element of negativism to creep into our ranks and while that too can happen when losing, it is another element to work on, as our primary target, set at the start of the season, was to be positive in both our play and interactions with each other and the opposition. These are all learning experiences and we will be better next time as a result of them.

Belhaven  4  -  7  Cargilfield

MOTM: Saul