Report by Nigel Hewitt
After what seems like an age, it was great for the U11’s be able to get out on the park again after a three week layoff.
We had two matches set up against Keyworth and Mellish. It was good to see all the players ready to go for just after 10am. The first game against Keyworth was always going to be a torrid affair and so it proved. Keyworth are a well drilled outfit that play fluid expansive rugby, where the ball passes quickly and accurately through the hands to get it wide and stretch defences.
We lost this game by 6 tries to 1 but what a try it was. Having been placed under extreme pressure Mansfield finally realised that when we want to we can ruck and maul with the best of them. Following a series of quick rucks and driving mauls the ball was worked up the pitch until Cameron Seaton
was set perfectly in a maul well supported by the forwards. Sam Troop then saw his opportunity and took it with style to score in the corner, having broken through two tackles.
Eventually, after much debate the coaches decided the player of the match was Johanco Veldsman as he demonstrated commitment in the tackle that we had not seen before. On top of this he made several breaks, one being of over 40 metres where he was so close to putting a team mate over for another score.
Well played Johanco, we now know what to expect from you in the future. In fact well played team, a fantastic effort left a lot of parents and coaches proud as punch.