U15s maintain 100% record in the cup
By Richard Culver
Improving Ormskirk push U15s hard in a rather scrappy cup game
Generally a scrappy performance against a spirited, physical Ormskirk side who played well and deserved their points.
Ormskirk took the lead, a strong finish from their captain (who was excellent on the day) following a scrum. MV should have had points on the board too by then, spending the first encounters on the front foot, with distribution from Will and jack in the half backs fluent. A couple of knock-ons preventing moves from finishing, with Azzanne and Oli unlucky.
The MV Pack started to reassert themselves, and Jacob levelled, a pick up from the base of a close range scrum, and too much gas and power for the Ormskirk backs to handle. Jack's 2 pointer gave MV the lead at 5-7.
A second try for the away side just before half time, with Cian crossing, brushing off some weak tackling. The extras from Jack meant that the teams turned around with the score at 5-14.
A poor clearance kick allowed Ormskirk space to run back at the MV flanks, and some poor tackling gifted Ormskirk another try in the corner, 10-14, game on.
MV had a good spell of pressure, and again Oli was close to finishing a move, and Yousuf drove close to the line. Tom and Dan led the tackle count, and Ormskirk were grateful they had a couple of reserves as they struggled to contain the physicality in the MV pack. Nick added a third try mid way through the half, picking off a pass in the Ormskirk 22, as the hosts tried to play out. 10-21 as Jack added 2 more points.
Cian's 2nd try ended the game as a meaningful contest, 10-28 with 10 minutes to play. This was probably the pick of the scores, with the MV pack dominant at the scrum, and some good interplay from the half backs allowing Cian space to finish.
Ormskirk finished strongly, their captain scoring late on, evading some weak blind side tackling, after a close range scrum. This was unfortunate as the MV defence was generally sound for most of the 2nd half, with the try defended well.
This was a very different team to the rather hapless outfit faced last season, and with a bit more luck they could have threatened more, but Tom and Dan were formidable in defence and helped contain the Ormskirk attacking threats all morning, earning them the joint MOTM awards.