French Flair show young Bulls the way!
By Bentlaigh Bull
Young Bulls learn how to perform under pressure.
Four years ago Pic Sainte Loup visited Hamilton and showed themselves to be a very strong unit. It was with no surprise that the standard at the top of the French youth game is exceptional and they did not disappoint on this occasion either.
Hamilton Giving away a fair bit of age and an even bigger bit of size, took on the French team as part of their pre-season build up. The result was never in question but the experience of trying to develop and execute our game plan and embed our defensive structures against such a strong team was a tremendous feat and will set the young bulls up for first encounter in the League next week.
The coaches watched on as this squad worked hard to contain the French attack and the lessons were learned about tackle technique if you wish to have any hope of preventing one of the best offloading games of youth rugby seen at Laigh Bent. There is no shame in giving your all against a better team and respecting the rugby on show. The question is can the young Bulls learn from that experience and copy what was a simple but well executed game plan?
The game over, the rugby was set aside and both squads enjoyed the club’s hospitality in the manner that has happened for decades after such encounters. Swapping of gifts and kit and a fond farewell as our French friends headed to their accommodation in Glasgow for their last night in Scotland after a ten day visit.
Thank you to Nick for providing some of his speciality Scottish fayre that went down well with our guests. Thanks to all our helpers in the kitchen and around the pitch and to a large supporting crowd that supported the boys in what was obviously a tough day at the office.
Next week our first league game against Biggar, 2pm at Laigh Bent.