Meltom RFC U12s begin season with tournament win

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Melton RFC Under 12s started the new season in style with a triumphant tri-tournament at Peterborough.

Still getting to grips with the new rules for this season that see five-men uncontested scrums and hand-offs introduced for the first time, the boys produced two great wins without conceding a try.

Oakham fielded some very big forwards, but undaunted Melton showed great determination, and were the more proficient side whenever the ball went loose.

Dorsett scored the first try of the new season after good, quick hands from Knott and Tilston gave him the yard of space he needed to ghost right, then left, and dive through a gap in the defence.

Hardman’s fierce break and drive saw off two attempted tackles and slipped in Jeal who showed a clean pair of heels to score in the right corner.

Strong defence saw Oakham held up on the line, and after half-time Hardman got the try his selfless rucking and tackling deserved.

A typical sniping run from Dickson saw him cross for the fourth try to seal an emphatic first victory.

Melton then faced the hosts who had a less physical, but more fleet-footed threat.

Ford battled well through illness to make some solid tackles, and Sharpe alongside him in the centre was just as prepared to put his body on the line in the rucks to secure good ball.

Mills was convinced he’d scored through a mass of bodies, but the referee wasn’t in a position to give it, but soon after Hardman opened the scoring after a typical bulldozing run.

More guile followed from Knott and Mills who each scored clever tries before Cropper’s strong running and will to win got him scoresheet.

Thorpe’s dominance the midfield and Walpole bravery in tackling players much bigger than him, epitomised the team’s attitude.

A 5-0 win was capped by Dorsett’s great solo effort, returning the ball to score from inside his own 22.