Match Report
Sir Thomas Rich's School Boys-U14A vs  Bromsgrove School
On: Saturday, 16 Sep 2023
Venue: Away

Match Analysis vs Bromsgrove

Game 3 of the 2023/24 season saw a first away game of the year vs Bromsgrove. The opening exchanges were physical, and I was thrilled with the commitment levels early on. Bromsgrove attacked powerfully off nine and Tommies were forced to repel wave after wave of maroon attack. Tommies did well to force mistakes but were unable to make use of their possession, often playing a phase or two before an unnecessary mistake or a Bromsgrove turnover.

Credit to our hosts, they were strong at the breakdown and countered extremely well. A handful of turnovers helped them march into Tommies territory and they bundled over from a midfield scrum to open the scoring. Tommies responded well and were once again brave in defence. Harper put in a crunching tackle in midfield before O’Neill pulled off some heroics with a fantastic last-ditch tackle. The Blue Army continued to struggle with the ball and our attack was often rushed, with little structure or composure. Bromsgrove capitalised and added a further three tries.

Tommies continued to fight and some strong work upfront by the pack, progressed the blue army into Bromsgrove territory. A few penalties followed a Harper manged to capitalise, carrying explosive close to the Bromsgrove line, barrelling his way over for a well-deserved score.

The second half didn’t go to plan, Tommies were hit with a few injuries and there were numerous stoppages in play. We were not at our best, but there were still plenty of positives, and crucially, lots to work on.

Man of the Match was Harper. The Tommies number 8 played in the centres due to illness and did so with aplomb. Some outstanding defence was matched with some powerful carries in attack. An excellent all-round display.

Areas to Improve

Structure – We did plenty of work on structure at training last week. How many times did we run a “Blue” or “Osprey” etc. We must try and implement the things we do at training into our games. Have confidence, don’t worry if they go wrong!

Watch the below clip of attacking structures. There are plenty of different types but pay close attention to the things we do. There are plenty of “Blues”, “Fizzes”, “Ospreys” and tip lines.

Rugby Attack Frameworks: Play off 9 and 10 New Zealand - Australia - Leinster - Hurricanes - YouTube

Width in defence – This is particularly difficult against a powerful side, but we can’t afford to bunch around the breakdown. Look at our spacing in defence and trust your inside man. We will work on this.


Player watch – Peter O’Mahony

Peter O'Mahony Tribute | Destructive Influence - YouTube