Wednesday 21 March 2018

Wicklow minis show off skills

Terenure and Arklow’s U-12s in action
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Wicklow RFC's minis welcomed St Mary's U-9s, 10s and 11s to Ashtown Lane last Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, the U-8s were on the road again travelling to MU Barnhall RFC in Celbridge and the U-12s were in Dublin to take on Terenure College RFC.

Heavy rain overnight meant that the going was soft in Ashtown Lane on Sunday morning but glimpses of sun meant that the games against St Mary's could go ahead.

The U-10 squad was hit by injury and illness but they still managed to field three teams.

The Wicklow lads soon found their pace and there were some great scores from both sides.

The U-11s had a great opportunity to field three teams against a strong St Mary's outfit. This was the first meeting of this group with their 2007 counterparts.

What followed were some great games with some great tackling, passing and rucking with scores hard to come by.

The intensity went up a notch as the games went on and the U-11s rose to the occasion with some resilient displays.

The U-8s were in Barnhall for their annual home and away fixture.

Wicklow fielded two teams and had three entertaining matches against the Kildare club.

The matches were played using the silent touchline concept which allowed the kids play fun matches without input from their coaches with parents applauding each score.

The U-12s travelled to Terenure and fielded two strong teams who were rewarded with a run out on Terenure's beautiful new 4G pitch.

Intermittent rain was not an issue under foot but conditions called on the players to focus on their handling skills.

There was excellent free-flowing rugby from both sides with some hard-earned, well-worked tries.

Next Sunday Wicklow's minis welcome old rivals Tullow to Ashtown Lane.

Meanwhile, the U-12 girls will take to the field in Donnybrook stadium for the half time minis match at the Ireland v Italy Women's Six Nations game.

Irish Independent

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