Melton Mowbray RFC juniors clinch home tournament win

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Melton RFC Under 11s strode to an impressive double win over Coalville RFC and Belgrave RFC on Sunday.

Melton hosted a triangular tournament and opened against Coalville. A strong home team applied pressure from the kick-off as Coalville were pushed back to their try line.

The confident hosts drove over the ball, giving Knott a comfortable pass to Neath who side-stepped his way through the defence for the opening try.

Coalville responded with a surge of attacks, but Melton made tackle after tackle, and from one, Hardy picked up the loose ball and stormed upfield. A retreating Coalville defence tackled him, but with great hands, Hardy’s pass again released Neath for his second try.

Coalville surprised Melton with a quick attack at the start of the second half to score their first try.

But this put fire in the Melton bellies, producing more big tackles from Hardman who once again forced a loose ball which he picked up for a gallant run to the line.

Further tries from Mitchell and Mills made the final score five tries to one.

* Melton then met a confident Belgrave side in their first-ever meeting.

Bringing the momentum from their first match, Melton did not disappoint with Mitchell having a clear run down the wing for the opening try.

Belgrave responded with a superb run in from Gilbert to level, but the hosts were soon back in front. Hardman’s high ball was impressively caught by Neath and offloaded to Mills who stormed down the field to score.

Melton took the restart and showed their impressive handling skills, switching the ball from player to player to set Hardman away down the centre of the pitch for a great try under the posts.

After half-time, Melton received the restart and Tilston took it straight back at Belgrave with a confident run before a brilliant offload to Ford who took the ball at speed. His outstanding drive and more impressive handling skills released Sharpe who fooled the final defender with an excellent dummy to give him a brilliant run to the line.

Two further tries from Neath took Melton’s margin of victory to six tries to one to cap a great day’s work.