Sharks defeat visitors Newton Stewart
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