Ipswich YM RUFC U16's 14 v Bury St Edmunds RUFC U16's 55
By Kirk Bonas
A Well Rounded Performance
Our most recent previous encounter against Ipswich YM was a fantastic contest under lights, therefore we arrived in sunny Ipswich expecting another keenly contested match. From the outset it was clear that the team were very focused upon the task at hand, yet small errors kept the game scoreless until the tenth minute when a well timed pass split the Ipswich defence resulting in a try under the posts. Buoyed by the score, all elements of recent training came to the forefront, aggressive defence was married effectively with precise handling, utilising space created through linked phases to make the half time score 24-0.
From the restart instant pressure resulted in another score, as Ipswich struggled to gain a foothold in the game. Relentless, the team continued to pressure every piece of Ipswich possession, regularly forcing them backwards or sideways. However, credit to our opposition, a slight dip in concentration allowed Ipswich to score two quick tries. Yet this merely sparked the team back into full throttle as the game was rounded off with three excellent tries, including a fantastic combined forwards and backs move, plus a magical kick return almost the length of the pitch. Final score, 55-14.
Everyone contributed fully today, we've got a number of players playing out of position, yet you'd struggle to know. Hard work has resulted in some fantastic team play both in attack and defence and it is a pleasure to watch how far the team have progressed as a unit, no single superstars, yet a tight group who fight for each other, playing with a real enjoyment. Ipswich YM were unable to cope with the sustained pressure applied by the team today, yet they competed with determination throughout and merited their two scores. Thanks to everyone at Ipswich YM for hosting us today and we will look forward to a return fixture later in the season. Next week sees the team start their cup campaign with a home fixture v Southwold, hopefully building further upon recent performances.