U14s at Stirling
By Anne Baird
Defeat for U14s on 11/11/18
It was a miserable day at Stirling as the rain was bouncing off the ground!!
Thanks to Stirling for the game, facilities, the food and the catering after the match. Thanks to the referee Ross Haddow for officiating.
A minutes silence was observed at the beginning of the match, remembering those who had fallen in the Great War.
Immediately Stirling ran under the posts for a try and a conversion, the Bulls reformed and held Stirling in the middle of the park for a period of play, with bursts up the middle and left wing close to Stirling's line only to be held and eventually pushed back for another try bursting through the middle, conversion counted. The Bulls although two tries down were playing well, holding the line and tracking well. Twenty minutes in Stirling push up the right tracking back across with a four man overlap running in a try and conversion, another possible try was stopped on the left wing when Stirling burst through, the Bulls cased well clipping the heels of the Stirling within yards of the line, the ball was knocked on ...well done Bulls. Twenty five minutes in and the Bulls steal the ball, through the hands out wide to Callum Harris who slides past three players for our first try, Gregor Peters with the conversion. The Bulls set up for the off, push the ball up the line holding Stirling close to the line a scrum results with Stirling running in wide with another excellent conversion on the blow of half time.
At the start of the second half Callum Harris removes himself from the game due to injury, minutes into the second half Stirling drive through for their first of the second half, an initial drive through the middle by Christopher Lee, ball fought for in the middle of the park with Stirling winning the ball Christopher McChesney sustained an injury during the ruck, the ball is turned over to Stirling who run the length of the park for another try and conversion. The Bulls push up to the Stirling line and are held, play remains there for a period of play before Stirling run the length of the park for another try and conversion, at the off Stirling march up the middle of the park for the latest try and conversion. Twenty minutes into the second half and Stirling continue to push up through, a two man overlap on the offside saw them up the park for another try and conversion, minutes later unfortunately another try and unfortunately for them a break in the run of conversions. Run of play continued with Stirling who score again this time and the conversion is good, Stirling run in a try again but unfortunately they miss the conversion on the final whistle.
The boys played well and defended better than the score line reflects, the pushed up, held the play at times, tracked the ball across the park and unfortunately when the ball went Stirling scored.
By Iain Simmons