Stewart: Loss to Independent Schools is valuable lesson

The Saints U14s started their long journey against the Independent Schools ©

Academy News Stewart: Loss to Independent Schools is valuable lesson

Elite Player Development Group manager Ross Stewart says that the Saints Under-14s’ loss to the Independent Schools Barbarians will be a valuable lesson in the development of the club’s up-and-coming players.

Last Sunday’s game was the Saints Under-14s’ first of the season, and they were well beaten by an Independent Schools team which drew from the best Under-14 players from schools across the country.

But for Stewart the encounter was a useful exercise in giving his youngsters the opportunity to test themselves against quality opposition.

“It gave the players a clear indication of what’s required to play at a national level,” said Stewart. “A lot of credit to the Independent Schools, who played exceptionally well with a high skill level and deserved the win.

“It is important for us to play the best teams in the country, and the Independent Schools Barbarians certainly falls into that category. They can call on the best players from independent schools up and down the country, and play regular matches throughout the season.

“For us this is a long-term process, and our players will have learned a lot. They can only improve from this experience.

“Many thanks to all the parents for their continued support, and for the Independent Schools team for travelling from across the country to play us.”

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