ALL ROUND SUCCESS AT OVAL PARK
Hinckley u8s travelled with a squad of 17 youngsters to play Oadby Wyggs at Tigers training ground. As usual Hinckley’s teams were well mixed up in experience terms taking on Oadby’s A team in the first game. As per recent festivals, our youngsters started very slowly conceding 3 soft tries early on as our usual combative defence appeared to have gone AWOL, except for the persistence of Collerson and Moore. Slowly but surely as the half drew to a close, Hinckley started to close the gap to be trailing 4-3 at half time. Tries by Collerson, Goodwin and Moore. The entire team change at second half, slowed down the home side scoring thanks to better all-round team defence. Notably Barnes, Burton, Carvell and Smith. But despite a brace of tries for Barnes and one for Smith, time ran out for Hinckley losing 7-6.
A quick turnaround for game 2 and another totally different set of players took to the field and very soon it was evident that lessons from the first game had been learned as a half time 0-4 lead was established, another brace for Barnes and one apiece for Goodwin and Moore, with latter tagging for fun getting an amazing 14 tags in the first half alone. Once again in the second half, all player changes continued the much better first up defence. Notably again Burton, Carvell and Smith working well together. Four more tries were scored via hat-trick for hard working Burton and one for Mensforth-Grove to finish 1-8 winners.
For game 3 those players who hadn’t played in the previous game took to the pitch and as before built a slender half time lead of 3-4 built on hard working defence mainly by Guest, Buckler, Calver and Deacon to the fore. A brace of tries scored by an enthusiastic Drakeford and one apiece for Buckler and Smith.
Sweeping personnel changes for the second half resulted in us scoring another 6 tries, hat-trick for Moore and one each for Barnes, Goodwin and Perry continuing his good all round attacking play. Special note again for Moore who snatched another 15 tags during just his second half appearance. Hinckley running out comfortable winners 6-10.
The penultimate game of the sunny April morning, Hinckley played some fantastic attacking rugby moving the ball well through the hands racking up 7 first half tries via braces for Collerson, Drakeford and Smith plus one for Carvell. Collerson led the way with his defensive tagging out wide, supported well by Buckler, Carvell, Drakeford and Guest who were all getting increasingly involved in all aspects of the play. The hard work was continued in the second half with great tagging by Bradshaw, Burton, Calver, Cowling and Deacon and Mensforth-Grove adding a brace of tries through strong committed running to again comfortably win 5-9.
The final match of the morning, all Hinckley’s players featured at some point during the game. Hinckley continued their fluid attacking moves to outscore Oadby 2-4 in the first half, tries for Bradshaw, Carvell, Collerson and Moore. Good tagging efforts in the first half by Carvell, Guest, Moore and Perry were superbly backed up during the second half as hosts had the lions share of possession, staging somewhat of a fight back. All players had to tag persistently with youngsters of Buckler, Deacon, Greener and especially Drakeford really stepping up to the plate. Deacon and Goodwin added tries to round off a fantastic mornings efforts by all the kids. Dogged defence secured many 7 tag turnovers and continuously trying to develop a more rounded attacking game by spreading the ball out wide at the correct opportunities is starting to bear fruit, well done all!!
Moore (6), Barnes (5), Collerson, Drakeford, Goodwin & Smith (4 each), Burton & Mensforth-Grove (3 each), Carvell (2), Bradshaw, Buckler, Deacon, Perry (1 each).
Moore (43), Burton, (36), Barnes (19), Collerson (15), Carvell & Guest (14 each), Drakeford & Smith (14 each), Buckler (12)