Well done to the whole team, including those that weren't with us today. Thanks in particular to the boys that didn't get as much pitch time today as well, the hardest position. As we said in the the original Cheshire Cup email, those that didn't get as much pitch time today will get more at the Wilmslow Festival next week.
So, the first game was against Old Parkonians, an unknown force we'd not played before. While we weren't under pressure in this one, it was our typical shaky start. Tries from Tom Simms, Tom Hack & Elliot saw us win 3-0, with success in getting everyone on. A bit slow to the ruck & tentative in attack, but we were just warming up.
Unfortunately Dukinfield had dropped out, so we had one group game less than expected, which didn't help in getting more players out onto the pitch. For Lymm B, we went for muscle & put Alastair & Marcus on at outside centre & wing. Starting to find our stride, this was a much better game. We out rucked Lymm and were able to win 4-0, with tries from Tom Hack (x2), Sam S and Ben Abbott.
Through to the knock out stages of the Cheshire Cup, there would be no easy games now. Our quarter final was against Chester, who had also yet to concede a try. With the boys fired up, we started hard and again, dominated the rucks. Our defence was great and the whole of the first half was camped inside Chester's territory. With a 5m scrum, Sam S ran around the blindside to break through to score what was to be only try. The second half remained tight, but we held on well without too much danger.
So, the semi final was to be against Lymm A. We had kept the starting line up unchanged since Lymm B for consistency. The boys were fired up for what was to be a great game of rugby, as ever. We more than held our own through the first half and looked like we could score on one or two occasions, but Lymm defended well and stopped us getting through. Equally, our defence was strong and Lymm were unable to break our line. Six minutes down it was 0-0 at half time. The second half started equally tight, but Lymm made a successful break and escaped down the left wing to score. The boys thought they had pushed him out on the way down (and maybe they did?). Either way it was the first decent break from either team and was a game changer - now Lymm would win if we drew, as the first try counts in a decider, so we needed 2 tries in 2 mins. A strong restart that got us to the 5m line, but no further. Then a great tackle from Alastair that saw him take one of Lymm's players (Harry Sheil for those that know him) clean off his feet. With seconds to go Lymm made another break to win 2-0 on the final whistle.
So, our Cheshire Cup was over. A great day, but only 4 games that took us to the brink of the final. In the last tournament at Stockport, we beat Lymm, again with the game won from the first try. Today, it was always going to be the first score, but it was Lymm that took victory. For what it's worth, Lymm went on the win the final against Sandbach and said we were their toughest opponents all day. Oh well, there's always next week!
Well done boys.