Sharks de­feat vis­i­tors New­ton Ste­wart

The Galloway News - - SPORT -

Ste­wartry Sharks un­der-13/14s played their first game of the sea­son against New­ton Ste­wart on Sun­day.

This was the first game with new age grade law vari­a­tions, which aim to make rugby safe, fun and en­joy­able for all. Both teams played to the new laws for the first time, Ste­wartry run­ning out 13-11 win­ners.

With the vis­i­tors New­ton Ste­wart known to be strong in the ruck and phys­i­cal in open play, the em­pha­sis in train­ing has been to com­pete at rucks, or face a heavy de­feat, and make first time tack­les count.

The boys did very well on their own rucks and sur­prised some of the vis­i­tors. Some first time tack­les were missed, how­ever, the scram­bled cover de­fence saved cer­tain scores and this is an area the boys will im­prove on with grow­ing con­fi­dence.

Ste­wartry adapted well to new kick­ing and li­ne­out laws and it would be their kick­ing to touch that would keep their op­po­nents pinned back when a score seemed in­evitable.

The de­vel­op­ment sec­tion of the game was won by New­ton three scores to two.

It would be dif­fi­cult to pick out one high­light in a very en­ter­tain­ing match, how­ever, see­ing three Broatch boys play­ing to­gether com­pet­i­tively for the first time was over­due and of course Sean’s try.

Sun­day is reg­is­tra­tion day and train­ing at Green­law from 10.30am.

Squad Ste­wartry Sharks un­der-13s/14s won their first game of the sea­son against New­ton Ste­wart on Sun­day

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