First Game of the Season
Under 11s vs Thornbury at Home - Sunday 8th October
(Match report by Harry & Rachel Tarr)
The Under 11s kicked off the season with their first game at home against Thornbury on
Sunday. The 9 strong team of Billy, Laurence. Harry Tarr, Harry Cole, Teifion, Joe, Tom, Toby
& Dillon displayed some promising rugby over their 3 matches. The intensity level was high
from the off with Minchinhampton remaining camped out on their try line for some time due to a
good start from the visitors. Determined mauling & ripping of the ball gave the Minchinhampton
boys their first break and they maintained their dominance throughout the morning from then on.
Thornbury were very quick to the breakdown and strong in their rucking which caused
Minchinhampton some trouble as the ball was repeatedly turned over. However, with many
cracking tackles in defence, excellent supporting play, off-loading, and an increasing
awareness of space in attack, Minchinhampton kept up the pressure and the tries rolled in with
most of the 9 players scoring. The boys showed good discipline & organisation, continued hard
work and some shining examples of team play. Particular mentions go to: Harry Cole for his
determined mauling; Joe & Tom for maintaining good width and making some great runs in
attack; Laurence for spotting the players in space and Teifion for his consistent pressure in
defence and speed to the breakdown.
Some areas have been identified to work on but overall this was a really solid start to the
season for Minchinhampton under 11s. Well done boys!
Updated 19:40 - 10 Oct 2017 by Sarah Lee