Under 13’s v Alnwick 5th Oct 2008

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The first game of this season saw the U13s travel to Alnwick, which was the same venue for their last game of the 2007/08 season as U12s where they carried off their 4th trophy of a very succesful year.

It was a wonderfully sunny autumn morning with a stiff breeze blowing across the pitch, a perfect day for rugby. With the opening two games of the season being cancelled, the boys had not had a competative game for 5 months, and this certainly showed in the first half.

After having scored a try in the first 5 mins through a strong run by Mark Forster, they then went to sleep allowing Alnwick to come back into the game with two well worked tries and a conversion to go 12-5 up. This seemed to wake our lads up and they eventually started to function more like the team we know. Tom Coulthard scored 2 wonderful tries and Guy Wilkinson 1 try after some great support play and slick passing moves through the backs. No conversions were added, and Half Time saw Carlisle lead 20-12.

In the second half it was a different story, Alnwick rarely looked like scoring, and when they did get the odd break away, the last line of defence saw we kept a second half clean sheet. Further tries from Tom Coulthard, Joel Davidson, Lewis Fuller, Thomas Fuller and a conversion by Tom Coulthard saw Carlisle finish worthy winners 42-12.

Alnwick for their part were a very well disciplined side, strong in the scrum and slick passers of the ball, and they played their part in a wonderfully entertaining game. It was a well fought out victory for the lads given the fact that the whole of our usual halfback line were missing from this game. Some of the players had to fill unfamilier positions, which they did admirably, “well done to all”.

We travel to Northern next Sunday when our lineup should have a more familier look about it.

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