Well England got thrashed by the Welsh boyo’s in the Six Nations yesterday but today my son was rightly awarded Man-of-the-Match status in his local game so England’s loss is quite irrelevant in the grander scheme of things.

My laddy’s opposing team played dirty.  And rough.  It’s an under-8’s side and it’s supposed to be non-contact rugby but these guys cheated – they pushed and shoved our team members over the line, they held their arm out to avoid being tagged and they grabbed hold of our guys in order to win tags. 

The ref did nothing.  He allowed them to break all the non-contact rules.  So our coach gave a little pep talk at half-time and told our players that if the ref wasn’t going to control the game, we will have to play their way. 

And we did.  And we lost.  But my little rugby player played his heart out, as did his team mates.  And on a muddy wet pitch in the bitterly cold wind and sleet, that’s what counts.

Get your first tackle in early, even if it’s late . . .

Who was it who said that?


6 responses to this post.

  1. The half-time team talk sounds as effective as the one the Welsh got.

    “Get your first tackle in early, even if it’s late . . .”

    Is that a variation on “Get your retaliation in first”?


  2. Lol. Could well be Pete.

    It’s no wonder I don’t understand the rules of rugby when they come out with phrases like that.


  3. Rugby, the greatest game on earth. Pitty the All Blacks can’t play! 🙂


  4. It’s not the greatest game on earth. I have to pretend to like it. I have to stand there and dread the time when my boy get’s his head banged or his teeth smashed. Why can’t he play football like his school buddies?


  5. Well yes, he does need to be careful.


  6. Yes, I want to put him in bubble wrap every time he plays but for some reason he won’t let me. 😉


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