On Sunday morning the Under 13s welcomed Sittingbourne to the home of the Wanderers. With both teams having virtually their whole squads with them and the weather playing it’s part we were all set for a great morning’s rugby.

Initially with both sides together we carried out a fitness and then skills session before going on to three games between the sides.

The first game and Wanderers really came out of the blocks fast. Across this first game we ran in nine trys without reply. Trys from Henry Carruthers, Toby Hunt, Finn Hickmott, Oscar Andrews, Jack Brewer and Fred O’Halloran. The team play was fast, dominant and exciting throughout. Max Anderson and Gil Smith putting in strong performances and Theo Rowe and Ollie Jordan Smith dictating play. Zack Ralph and Henry Mason producing some excellent direct running with Luca Arizina supporting well and Charlie Pantelli demonstrating fantastic quick hands. We came in at the whistle 9 trys to nil up.

After the break we made changes and all those players who had not been on the pitch were introduced. The new players did not derail what had been a great performance up to that point as we ran in further trys through Theo Rowe, Myles Wise, Henry Carruthers, Toby Hunt and Gil Smith. The team were playing really well together and were hungry to do well.

Owen Read was very strong and made some excellent runs and tackles. Shaheer Khan and Harry Kirkpatrick worked well at the break downs and used the ball well. Owen Evans and Josh Matteson showed quick feet and some good touches. Harvey Stocker again made important tackles and showed great confidence in carrying the ball. The team ended this next session 17 trys to nil up.

For the last part of the game we swapped players around and gave players exposure to positions where they did not normally play, but asked the boys to maintain their effort, desire and skills that they had shown so far.

The team added three further trys through Henry Carruthers, Jack Brewer and Charlie Pantelli.

To their credit Sittingbourne grew into the game and scored a good try with a break away on the right and some neat wing play and some missed tackles. Sittingbourne gained some confidence from this but Wanderers maintained control but did not add to their tally.

The game ended with wanderers finishing with 20 trys to Sittingbourne’s 1. A very strong dominant performance from Thanet with many positives from the team and individuals alike as well as some development needs learned.

Sittingbourne were a credit to their coaches, Club and Parents along with our own lads.

This weeks player of the week went to Luca Arizina who having only really taken up rugby in the summer has shown great aptitude for the sport and in today’s game made some very positive runs, tackled well when needed and held position well.

Next week we are at home to Whitstable.