Exmouth Under-6s enjoy special day at Sandy Park

PUBLISHED: 13:06 18 January 2018

Exmouth Under-6s who provided the guard of honour for the European Champions Cup match between the Chiefs and Montpellier.

Exmouth Under-6s who provided the guard of honour for the European Champions Cup match between the Chiefs and Montpellier.

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It is said that the sporting field can be a place where dreams come true and this was certainly proven to be the case at the Sandy Park home of Exeter Chiefs for a squad of 28 Exmouth RFC Under-6 players on the second Sunday of the year.

The youngsters provided a guard of honour for the players prior to the European Champions Cup match between the Chiefs and the French visitors – currently, as the Chiefs do, topping their league table – Montpellier.

It proved to be quite an experience for the Cockles’ youngsters before an 11,000 turnout at Sandy Park.

Flanked by their coaching team, led by head coach Dougie Wright, and armed with Chiefs flags, the Under-6 players were faultless in their work providing the guard of honour – and their collective cheers to greet the players were mighty loud too!

The treat did not end there as not only did half-time find the Chiefs 7-0 ahead, but the team was then asked to take part in a parade around the same pitch that their rugby idols had just played on, waving to their 11,000 new rugby friends.

Amongst the cheers and waves were high-fives from the stewards and even the camera men from the TV coverage of the game.

After a thrilling second half which brought five more tries for the Chiefs, the match ended 41-10 and the crowd celebrated an astounding victory. There was one last surprise in store as the Chiefs players came back out to the pitch to meet the youngsters, sign autographs and pose for pictures.

Barry Coakley, a member of the Cockles’ Under-6 coaching staff, said: “To a man, the Chiefs players were true gentlemen. They clearly had so much time for the youngsters. It is impossible to put into words how special this experience was for this group of players.

“As rugby coaches, we not only try to teach new skills and have fun but also to instill the core values of our game and introduce the children to the mutual respect and comradery that rugby brings with it. At Sandy Park on Saturday, the Chiefs players and fans alike showed this in spades. A huge thank you, to everyone who attended the match, especially the 49 parents, family and friends who came from Exmouth to support the Under-6s.”

Barry rounded things up saying: “We will build on this experience as we continue to train each Sunday morning and advance up the age groups at Exmouth RFC. We welcome any and all newcomers to the game. Who knows, we might be training the next generation of Exeter Chiefs superstars.”

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