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CAPTAIN’S REPORT: YAS RUGBY V SHEFFIELD VULCANS (09/06/21)

On Wednesday 9th June, the Vulcans returned to play our first match of 2021. YAS certainly challenged our defense and the end result was 76-5 to the Yorkshire Ambulance Service. However, it’s not all bad news. The team performed incredibly well and remained strong throughout the game.

So, without further delay, here’s a few words direct from our captain, Mark Morgan:

“This Wednesday we made the long awaited and much anticipated return to the field against YAS RUFC in a fundraising game.

After months and months of hard work and slog it was a joy to have this fixture to look forward to, and it was easy to see the excitement build in the group running up to the game.  The training in the weeks prior to the game has been great and i can’t thank the coaching team enough for all their time and effort!

Any apprehension from not playing in so long soon left when Michael Hudson went down with what appeared to be a serious injury,  it was just like old times, nothing changes! (don’t worry he was fine,  that never changes either).

The game was split into 4 periods of 20 minutes which allowed us to rotate players on and off. We held our own throughout the match and in the initial 20 minutes I believe we had the upper hand. Fitness,  organisation and experience came into play as the game went on and was the biggest difference between the 2 teams in my opinion.  The best thing about that,  all those things are easily rectified on the training pitch!

In what was an incredibly physical encounter I’d like to highlight that the team stood up to opposition and did not take a step back at any point. I can’t think of many missed tackles or shirking of responsibilities. Everyone helped their mate get the job done out there. True Vulcan spirit!

Shout out goes to people such as Ben, Shibby and Andrew, among others,  who although haven’t the most experience in contact rugby threw everything they had at much bigger opponents last night. Owen and Steve as well who put in epic shifts throughout helping everyone.

We had an incredible amount of players looking to engage in the match and expand on their experience which is great to see. Not only that but the support we received from the side-lines was incredible and I speak for all the guys when I say we were so grateful,  it really does help us push that little harder.

It was easy to see that YAS are an experienced and well drilled team from the outset. With our squad made up of varying levels of experience it would have been easy for us to wilt a little under the pressure, but to a man each and every member of the squad dealt to whatever came their way.

Without a moment’s hesitation I can say I was proud to be playing alongside each Vulcan on the night.

If we carry on putting in the hard yards on the training ground there is no doubt this team can go a long way! I look forward to leading the team to those heights!”

We’d like to thank Mark for his match report and we’d also like to thank our coaches Andrea Dobson and Kate Williams for their support during the game.