In another display of running rugby and great handling, the Eccles Under 7s provided the watching crowd with great promise of things to come!
In a change to the original fixture, Wigan provided the opposition and a wonderful test was enjoyed by both teams, played in great spirit! To even the numbers out, Finn and Jonnie volunteered themselves to play for Wigan and both boys turned in tremendous performances. Finn managed to secure his first hat trick….. albeit against his own team….. as all his hard work in training payed off. Wigan realised they had two of our finest and began to take advantage with Jonnies quick feet and Finns eye for the gaps.
Jessica and Megan paired up to secure the defence as Eccles began a period of ball retention with Ollie, Luke, Maxwell exchanging passes before Ollie cut an angle to finish neatly in the corner. The youngsters in the team Evan, Max and Harry were never shy of looking for the ball and taking tags. Alfie pressed time and again, constantly drawing in the Wigan defence before Daniel got his usual try.
It was the elusive Sam from Wigan who got on the score sheet before Finn bagged a second to put Eccles behind at the break.
The turnaround saw Eccles step up the gears with Jessica showing a fantastic side step (where did this come from?) only to be denied two consecutive tries by diving over the line (harsh refereeing from the Eccles official!) before getting her third attempt spot on!
Ollie was exchanged for Jonnie and politely scored two for Wigan! Luke and Noah went close before Wigan’s Sam ran the distance to score again for a fabulous try. Alfie lead the tag count as Jessica and Megan finished their games for the U8’s. Kai joined up as Eccles finished on top but just couldn’t find the last try to even the game!
Well done to both teams and we will look forward to returning the fixture at Wigan.
Another big test at Broughton Park this Sunday 24th March.
Eccles U7s Squad: Luke, Maxwell, Max, Jonnie, Harry, Jessica, Megan, Ollie (Capt), Daniel, Noah, Evan, Finn, Alfie.