Bright start in early Autumn
By Steve Braddock
Wilmslow make the most of their first hit-out
Wilmslow hosted old foes Winnington Park on Sunday in our first run-out as Under 13's. The boys were keen to get going, particularly the forwards, who under the mentorship of wily old coach Mike Jones and First Team Prop and vice-captain Rob Taylor had been working on their scrum engagement and general aggression.
Unfortunately Winnington Park, who drew with Wilmslow A at the Cheshire Cup only two years ago have suffered a number of defections to football and school rugby (?!?) and could only muster about 12 boys to play. We were more than happy to lend a number of our leading boys to help them out to get the match underway.
From a Wilmslow prespective there was some great running rugby. The passing and offloading game was to the fore early and the signs are there again that if we play the way we want to then no team will be able to live with us. There were some great team tries scored and a lot of individual classics. More impressive was the general work rate around the pitch and guys like Ollie Lyons and Michael Chan stepped up early on to deliver some thunderous hits.
New addition Jack Cookson came off the bench and got stuck in very early with some big hits and relentless chasing down of opponents. He brings some size and determination to our forward pack and will not be someone to mess with on first watch.
Moment of the match had to be Prop Tom Plaut's cameo appearance on the wing which saw him score a great try of a sweeping backline move, Tom was able to round the last defender to cruise in from 20 metres out. Great stuff Tom!
All in all it was a good way for the team to get back into some Rugby. It is sad to see a good opponent like Winnington Park struggle so much but their boys showed unbelieveable heart, never once giving up or throwing in the towel. One particular boy ran hard throughout the game and made some valuable meters for his team. They'll get better as the season goes on I have no doubt.