Melton RFC Under 16s made the most of the wind advantage to beat Syston 29-19 in a feisty derby showdown.
Melton chose to play with the wind at their backs in the first half and some astute kicking from Gunby and Heaney gave backs Golland, Smith, Jake’s and W. Garnett plenty to chase.
This finally allowed the forwards to flex their muscles in the home 22, showing solid work at the scrum and the breakdown as well as excellent ball-handling skills.
Number eight Dixon scored a brace and scrum-half Beesley dived over for his try with Gunby twice converting.
Sommerville, Morgan and Boylan all made penetrating breaks through Syston’s defence. This gave the backs a sound platform to put the ball through hands for Jakes to stretch his legs on the wing and cross for Melton’s fourth try of the half and a 24-0 half-time lead.
The second half was Syston’s turn to use the wind to pin Melton back.
Melton’s penalty count increased as early pressure led to a converted try.
Syston sensed this was their chance to turn the screw and despite some resolute defence, the hosts ran in two more tries, one converted to move within a converted try of victory, urged on by the home crowd.
Melton showed true resilience and strength of character and had two tries disallowed from Owens who was deemed to have had a foot in touch both times.
The sense of injustice spurred Melton on further. Working the ball doggedly through the forwards towards the Syston 22, they unleashed the backs for flying winger W. Garnett to touch down in the corner and secure victory.
Melton: T. Green, D. Morgan, I. Thompson, P. Blyth , J. Sommerville, B. Johnson, C. Boylan, W. Foldys, J. Garnett, J. Dixon, J. Beesley, K. Gunby, W. Garnett, H. Heaney, A. Smith, T. Golland, I. Jakes, J. Owens.
* Melton RFC Under 9s Tigers travelled to Hinckley in wet and wild conditions.
The team was organised into their centres, wingers and full-back formation and they breezed through both games, firstly securing a high-scoring 10-4 victory and then a 9-2 win after another excellent performance.
Paul Moore and his coaching team were over the moon with another awesome morning’s rugby from the whole team.
* The Under 9s Lions were also at Hinckley and had mixed fortunes.
They followed a tight, high-scoring 7-5 victory with a heavy 6-2 defeat as the rain seemed to have an effect, sending their formation into disarray and losing possession to several tackle turnovers.
The coaching team hope to get things back on track at full squad training at Burton Road on Sunday.
The teams wish to thank all of the support for both teams.
* Melton Under 10s produced some great defensive rugby in three games against Hinckley on Sunday.
They lost 6-4, 8-1, 7-2, but showed a massive improvement against very strong opponents.
They battled to the end in rain and wind and showed true passion for the game.