Hat-trick man De Oliveira fires Melton U12s to Hinckley double

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Melton RFC under 12s returned from Hinckley with two excellent wins on Sunday.

A brilliant kick from Mills put Hinckley deep in their own half and Ford’s great tackle helped Melton turn the ball over. Heatlie’s swift pass freed Thorpe who drove powerfully over the line.

Sharp carried the restart back into Hinckley’s half before great forwards play drew Hinckley’s defence in tight. Thorpe held three defenders in the ruck, allowing Neath to pick and go down the blindside for Melton’s second score.

Hinckley opted to receive the restart and, under pressure, cleared with a big kick into Melton’s half. De Oliveira’s catch and powerful run allowed the winger to cut into the centre and split Hinckley’s defence apart to score.

Melton continued to dominate with every Hinckley attack closed down. From a scrum on Hinckley’s 15m line, Ford won possession and Heatlie switched play to Neath, and swift hands shifted the ball out to the wing where De Oliveira had an easy run in for his second try.

Further tries from Mitchell, Hardman, Thorpe, De Oliveira and Dorsett capped a 9-0 victory.

* Melton were quick out of the blocks in game two as Neath’s great drop kick isolated the Hinckley winger, and Hardman and Snodin forced the player into touch to win possession.

Ford took the throw quickly and with Hinckley backs turned, Melton used their quick hands to shift the ball wide for Dorsett to run into the corner for the opening score.

Neath’s short restart kick allowed Sharp to put a hard tackle on the receiver, win the ball back and sprint down field to score.

Hinckley came out a different team for the second half, wanting to prove their worth, and following a clever kick scored a well-deserved first try from an intercepted pass.

This fired up Melton who switched play from wing to wing and back into the centre where Hardman’s driving maul allowed Thorpe to score his second try.

A hat-trick from De Oliviera and a Hardman try wrapped up a 7-2 win.