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Rugby with a view for 3 of our Junior Rugby Squads in Muscat

Three of our Junior Rugby squads travelled over to Muscat on the 9th March to enjoy some Rugby with a view! Check out how they got on in the reports below, the future looks bright for #bahrainrugby

U16’s

Following an earlier than usual start to a Friday, a flight, nearly losing a player in immigration and a coach journey, the eight U16s that travelled assisted by 2 Muscat players took to the field first. Despite all the aforementioned and a 2 minute warm up, Bahrain took the lead through Armand Du Preez. This only served to stir the Muscat boys into action and they ran in 4 tries as Bahrain tired and lost shape. Bahrain did not give up and managed another Du Preez try before conceding a final score in a 33 -12 defeat. A jaded and dejected Bahrain team took to the shade to hydrate and work through what went wrong. A definite case of a game too soon and nothing to write home about of note.

Game 2 was an entirely different affair, starting with the “loaned” Muscat players. Bahrain kept much better shape, communicated with and supported each other better and made the tackles stick. The forwards, lead very capably by a barnstorming Alex Mottram (dodgy line out throwing apart), worked really hard; Jamaal Burah and Austin Harris got through a mountain of work securing ball and setting a solid platform for the backs. Jordan Smit marshalled excellently at scrum half and distributed well to Connor Nosworthy and Liam Chapman, alternating in the 10 – 12 axis. Plenty of ball reached the outside backs, Du Preez and Cyriaque Geneste resulting in a 36 – 0 victory for Bahrain with 3 tries coming from the scoring machine Du Preez and one a piece from Burah, Geneste and a Muscat loan player. In both matches kicking duties were shared by Chapman and Nosworthy with a 50% success rate.

U14’s

U14 started well going 3 tries up in the first half. We then lost two of our best players (Ben and Jed) to injury and although Muscat reduced their numbers to match they took off their weaker players which lead to a Muscat fight back. It was bit of a lesson in game management as our remaining players were still trying to play at full speed in the midday sun. We were completely out on our feet with Pirates using their bench well and doing most of the attacking. Due to a score keeping error we will call the first match a draw.

By the second game the temperature had dropped, Jed had recovered and we had spoken about game management and control in this longer format which we don’t get to play in our usual tournaments. The boys took it all on board and completely dominated the second game finishing 8-9 tries clear of Muscat. Our fly half, Ryan, had kicked well all day but we were so far clear that we shared around the kicks with blind side flanker, Joe, narrowly missing from the touch line and our second row, Angus, amazingly knocking one over from in front of the posts.

It was a fantastic trip playing longer format matches with the mountains as a back drop. The U14 stayed the night in Muscat and played over an hour of touch on a beautiful beach the next morning. Despite only getting 4 hours sleep Callon senior was amazing scoring tries at will in the Muscat surf.

U12’s

The Under 11 and 12 enjoyed a great day out in Muscat, and despite travelling with no substitutes the kids all played their hearts out on a very hot day on a hard, dry pitch.

Under Captain Slade Camara they dominated through the forwards in ruck, mauls and scrums against a larger Pirates pack. An early try by Slade, who later ran two more in, set the game up and his hat trick was also matched by Cole Crawford.

Some impressive tackling and great positioning meant we held the Pirates to just one try. This feat was made all the more impressive as it was the first real competitive 15s game these kids have played this season.

Bahrain won the game by several tries to one and despite running out of time for a second game all the kids came home happy and were a credit to Bahrain Rugby Club.

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