Excellent morning watching my sons rugby team thrash a strong Plymouth based side 17-0
A few injuries (as always) and one exceptional try in particular, with our full-back running the entire length of the pitch to touch down between the posts. Both teams played with absolute passion, and the losing side certainly didn't leave the pitch in disgrace as they were so close to scoring so many times - I almost wanted them to get a few points, if only because they worked so hard.
OK, it's junior rugby, but what a truly exciting match today. When you see young men so determined and commited to their game it has to give you faith in this future generation. It toughens them up, keeps them fit, provides an acceptable place to vent their testosterone fuelled anger & teenage angst, plus gives them something to feel really proud of themselves.
All young people should get the chance to play rugby in my opinion, when you see the knocks they suffer but the inner strength they find to 'run off' the pain, it is absolutely inspiring. Add to that the discipline and respect for the referee (even if they disagree with the decision) it really is the game of gentlemen.
30 young lads walked off that pitch today and all of them deserved the applause they received.
When I watch professional football (soccer) players on the TV almost crying tears when someone simply pulls their shirt, I just think they should watch some of the junior rugby matches around the UK - perhaps they might feel a little shame at their over the top theatrical responses to what is usually not even what you could call an injury!
Check out the long winter shadows in the pic above...it was midday.
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