Sam was away on a skiing break, Tom was sunning himself in Dubai and Ed took a dead leg a minute into the game . Excuses over we still had a good turn out of players to show us their silky skills on a perfect dry pitch, and a posy of parents to cheer on from the sidelines whilst soaking up the plentiful supplies of Vitamin D the Rochdale sunshine afforded us.
Unfortunately, in the first Half, Brotoch treated the ball like the proverbial slippery bar of soap. The cold conditions might have been a reason but this did not seem to effect Rochdale.
As has happened before, this season, Brotoch attack turned into an opposition try as we lost the ball in their 22 only for one of their big players - Rochdale are a well organized outfit with some big units. - to run through 8 defenders and score.6 tries down and no reply said the story.
However, the Brotoch team did not give up, and as the ball begun to stick some lovely passages of play meant that Ellis scored at the stroke of Half time to give the Under 14’s some confidence.
The second half started by our kick going straight to a Rochdale player who just carved his way through flailing tackles for an instant response. I have lost count of the number of “one player tries” scored against us this season.
Although, overall, too many tackles were missed there were some really good individual tackles, and a number of barnstorming runs from Mo, whilst Makhi slid in for a good try after a nice switch from Joe at Scrum Half.
8 tries to 2 was a fair reflection at the end but if Brotoch hadn’t dropped so many balls a closer result would have ensued.