The rain held off but the wind was bitter on a grey morning at Cranbrook RFC.

The mighty U11s arrived en masse and from the first minute of training showed the spirit, enthusiasm and sportsmanship that was needed to negotiate the tough conditions.

Cranbrook were as hospitable as always and the session gave everyone a good run-out.

The inter club matches at the end were played with great determination and I know from speaking to every Oaks coach on duty (I think we had 9 to their 4) just how proud they were of your efforts.

Every team stood tall and tested our hosts at every opportunity - our passing and recycling of the ball at times was stunning but we are still a little too polite in the ruck and not low enough still in many areas of tackling (we will continue to work on this in the coming weeks though - we will get there!)

Just in the one game alone myself and Sid looked after there were so many uplifting moments and it is very evident we have a talented deep bench of players who are clearly enjoying themselves.

Great to see so many smiling faces on such a cold day.

We came, we saw , we conquered - and ate wonderful sausages!