The Isle of Man’s under-11s rugby team recorded a 15-5 win in their first game together on Sunday at King William’s College.
Juniors from all the Manx clubs, plus Buchan School, got together to play a match against visiting side Kirkham Grammar School.
The recent poor weather meant that the island team had only one training session prior to the match, and this showed in the first quarter, as Kirkham scored the first try of the game.
However, the Manx team did not lose heart, and some great tackles, particularly from Western Vikings’ James Mitchell, prevented the visitors from extending their lead.
The hosts equalised before half-time thanks to a bursting run from Luke Parry.
As Kirkham tired, the pace and power of the island side were causing problems for their defence, and Southern Nomads’ Alex Lemoal dived over the line in the corner to put the hosts 10-5 ahead.
The Manx sensed the win in their sights and Parry broke the defensive line to score his second try at the death.
Thanks go to all those who gave up their time to support, to coach Dion Spice, Cliff Dunn from Buchan and Manx Rugby’s development committee’s Chris Horton for organising the fixture.