1XV make it 5 out of 5 vs Tarleton
Sealing a very special 50th Anniversary day for AKRFC
AK stretch unbeaten run
AK marked the 50th anniversary of their move to Stelfox with a bonus point victory over a determined Tarleton side.
Early on, great footwork from JP Singleton and Rob Worsfold, two of AKs most senior players, bamboozled the Tarleton defence and enabled AK to command substantial territory . However, to the credit of the visitors, AK could not convert the initial pressure into points.
Eventually, AK got themselves on the scoreboard when Tarleton attempted a speculative cross field kick from within their own 22. JP Singleton came away with the ball and scored in the corner to give Kersal a 5 - 0 lead.
5 minutes later Kersal were back camped in the Tarleton 22 after George Wise showed the their backline a clean pair of heels. Ged Scrace capitalised on the pressure and darted over in the corner to make it 10 - 0.
With Callum Yates and Rob Worsfold forced off with injuries , AK’s initial momentum began to dwindle. As the half progressed Tarleton began to see more of the ball and were no longer contained within their own 22 and sloppy exit play resulted in Tarleton pegging Kersal back with a charge drown try.
With Tarleton coming back into the game Kersal resorted to their dominance at the line out. The referee was given no option but to award a penalty try for a well crafted driving maul that trundled a considerable distance.
For all Kersal’s initial pressure Tarleton were well and truly in the game and the half finished 17-7.
Despite Kersal’s dominance at the set piece, they could not start the second half the same way they started the first. Tarleton continued to grow into the game and were beginning to break the gain line at ease with some strong forward carries.
James Coulson elegantly picked the pocket of the Tarleton back line, racing in for a try. With the score at 22-7 that should have settled Kersal down and damped the spirits of Tarleton, although, this was not the case.
Tarleton continued to fight and Kersal conceded two tries in quick succession and it now became a 3 point game with the score 22-19..
The troops rallied and Doug Whyley sliced through the Tarleton defence, putting AK back deep within the Tarleton half. After some more prolonged phase play Whyley then crashed over to score.
Kersal managed to see out the game 27-19 victors to maintain their unbeaten run of bonus point victories.
Report By Simon Gallimore