Thursday 8 December 2016

Wicklow's stars of the future make light of cold in minis extravaganza

Published 05/02/2016 | 02:30

Wicklow’s minis take on Tullow
Wicklow’s minis take on Tullow

Wicklow Rugby's Minis played host to Tullow RFC in Ashtown Lane, Wicklow last Saturday.

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Tullow travelled with teams from U-7s to U-12s for this annual fixture. Always a strong, physical affair, both clubs were well up for the challenge to play rugby.

The crisp, cold conditions didn't deter the Wicklow players, who turned up in great numbers.

The standard of rugby was very high, with excellent tackling and rucking.

The young Wicklow teams demonstrated some great passing rugby and availed of all the opportunities which came their way.

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Matches were free-flowing with the ball spread out wide, involving the forwards and the backs, helping to keep the players warm on the cold day and offering the supporters plenty to cheer about.

There was an abundance of scoring opportunities for both clubs, with strong counter attacking rugby on display by the older teams.

If reassurance was ever needed, Saturday's fixture showed that minis rugby is strong and well supported in the South East Leinster Region with some future stars beginning to shine.

All players were respectful of the excellent refereeing and showed respect of each other.

The teams and supporters retired to the clubhouse for Wicklow's well-known hospitality. Wicklow offered a special word of thanks to the parents who regularly help with the catering and organisation at the club on match days.

This week the Wicklow U-12s, 11s and 10s squads will train as normal on Thursday evening.

The U-2s are looking forward to taking on Terenure College for the first time in a home friendly on Sunday; both sides expected to field three teams each.

All other minis will return to the training ground as usual on Saturday from 10-11.30.

Over 450 children are playing minis rugby at the club, allowing Wicklow the opportunity to field boys and girls teams from Kinders rugby to U-12 to play teams from the South East, Dublin and Kildare on a regular basis.

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