West Park Under-11.......................................................24
Pocklington under-11s played against West Park, Leeds on Sunday; the venue that has been selected for the England team’s Six Nations trainng camp.
The 23-man squad was rotated to give everyone a good game across four quarters. Pocklington put pressure on right from the start, with a superb run by Charlie Laudage scoring a try and getting points on the board. This boosted the confidence of the rest of the team, Ollie Mann at scrum-half gave one hundred per cent and tackled everything in sight.
Into the second quarter, with a team change, Pocklington went up a gear with Billy Ackerley, Harry Claxton and Will McMullen putting in some amazing tackles. The next try was scored with Laudage and Jonty Goddard passing the ball down the line to Louis Ratcliffe who fought his way to the try line to score, which was then converted by Goddard.
In the third quarter, the wind got stronger, blowing across the pitch, which didn’t seem to bother the players, as the ball was moved down the line and, with forward momentum, the game had a great flow, making both sides work hard, with the ball being fed out to the wing. Reece Dixon made a great break for the try line but unfortunately was caught by Leeds. He stayed on his feet to pop it to Matthew Mann, who then scored.
In the fourth and last quarter, Alex Todd at prop forward put in an awesome drive to push straight over for another try and a great conversion by Goddard. Will Husband was on fire, fighting for the ball many times and putting in many fantastic runs, just not making it to the try line, but was well-supported by Rob Boddy. Pocklington were able to score another try after Jess Bell won two balls against the head, with Rob Boddy darting over to score. A superb drive by Lawrence Mason resulted in the final try of the game. An excellent result for Pock.
Man of the match was awarded to Will McMullen who played his heart out.
The whole team then got a fabulous surprise as the England coach Stuart Lancaster, also the West Park under-11s coach, gave his feedback on the game and told the squad about his training plans for England and their forthcoming matches.