Mini Junior Weekend Roundup – 10/12/17

Date: 13 December 2017

The weather caused a number of cancellations this weekend, but we managed to get all of our Lancashire cup ties played, the AGP coming into its own in the freezing conditions allowing us to host all 4 Junior teams at home.

The Under 12s played their 2nd round of the Lancashire Minis Waterfall competition at Fylde against Vale of Lune and Ormskirk. Unfortunately the latter pulled out on the eve of the fixture and so a fierce battle took place against the Vale. The standard of play was commended by those watching with a performance of higher quality than in previous weeks and a 10-10 draw was the outcome A “Christmas friendly” was then played  against Fylde giving all of the 18 strong squad a run out, thanks to the hosts for a cracking day of rugby on a bitter cold day.

The Under 13s hosted Warrington in the Lancashire Junior Challenge. The first half saw the visitors race into a healthy lead with some good running rugby, but in a turn round in the second half, Hoppers clawed their way back into the game to force a draw 40-40. A much better display in the second half by all players.

The Under 14s entertained Blackburn in the latest round of the Junior Challenge. A move to the AGP with a later kick off might have thrown the preparation, but the players responded. As only 13 of the Blackburn contingent were available, Hoppers had to match their numbers, but had plenty of finishers to help the cause. The tone was set very quickly as the spaces opened up and Hoppers were soon on the score sheet. This continued throughout the first half and very soon into the second half a 30*-0 score line was achieved. An unfortunate injury to Harry from a mistimed and misaligned tackle saw an interruption to play. Following various scans we are pleased to report that muscular injury only was the outcome. Hoppers played some great rugby and were really playing as a team. Onwards now to our next challenge game in January.

The Under 15s were last on the AGP hosting Sefton hoping to improve their dismal run in the Junior Challenge Cup. Unfortunately another defeat against a well drilled and organised Sefton side resulted. Hoppers showed some good moves going forward but too many handling errors prevented any momentum and pressure being built.

The Under 16s beat a dogged Bury side 37-7 at home in the Junior Challenge cup. Bury scored first stinging Hoppers into action. Some good handling and brute strength saw Hoppers run in a number of tries although the display was marred by a yellow card and a couple of handbag incidents at the end of the game. Hoppers remain unbeaten and on track for the Cup quarter finals.

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