Lasswade kicked off. Some great tackling by Charlie and Craig held up the tide for a while but couldn't stop it. Lasswade scored two.
Penicuik pushed back, Murray stealing the ball in the ruck, passing out to Lewis who pushed through the Lasswade defence only to be brought down 5 yards from the touchline, Charlie snatched the ball and pushed through their defensive barrier to score. Lasswade came back, even though Penicuik fought hard, Craig, Charlie, Murray, Jacob, Lewis and Daniel couldn't hold Lasswade back. Charlie scored a cracking try, bursting through the Lasswade lines. Lasswade scored two more before half time.
The second half started, and Penicuik put in the tackles - hard tackles. They fought hard for the ball during the rucks, sometimes coming away with the ball only to have it ripped out of their hands. Murray scored a great try, after Daniel passed the ball out from ruck into his waiting hands and off he went. Lewis followed it up with a great run through the Lasswade defence, carrying most of Lasswade with him.
Lasswade followed up with a try, and then Lewis ploughed through the Lasswade boys like a bowling ball at a Ten Pin alley. Lasswade scored again, then there was an excellent passage of play during which Craig passed the ball out to Murray who passed onto Charlie to score. Lasswade scored their last of the game, but it was Craig who scored the last try of the game and what a try it was - ducking and diving through the team, scrabbling over the line to score.
There was great passing and great rucking throughout the game. The boys put everything we had been teaching them into practice and although it didn't all pay off, what it did do was show us what the boys were capable off.
Lasswade 11 - Penicuik 7
Game 2 started brilliantly for Penicuik, with Charlie opening the scoring, which was quickly followed up by Lewis and Jacob. Jacob was playing like a man-posessed in this game - his tackling was great bringing down boys way bigger than himself and he was getting in amongst the rucks to good effect. To crown it off he scored a brilliant try, getting the ball from the kick off and running straight through Lasswade. Lasswade came back to score, then Lewis powered through again to score his third of the day.
In the second half, Lasswade manged to score three before Penicuik got back into gear. Daniel picked the ball up and passed to Murray who ran at the Lasswade defence then offloaded to Charlie who scored Penicuik's final try of the day.
This second game saw Penicuik as a different team from the first game - more focused, more driven and playing as a team. Bentley and I throughly enjoyed the day and all the boys said they had a great day too.