2XV back to winning ways
after last week’s heavy defeat!!
Altincham Kersal 2s 47-10 Penrith 2s
Kersal 2nd team returned to Stelfox Avenue looking to get back to winning ways in the league, with a lot of hype being created about the squad they had lined-up for the encounter against Penrith 2s.
With conditions favourable for expansive rugby, Kersal set the tone from the kick-off with flanker Emeka Okoye bursting through the Penrith defensive line, putting them deep into opposition territory. Kersal defensive pressure forced handling errors and this gave the team their first platform to play expansively; it was off a solid scrum which allowed the backs to pass it slickly through the hands, creating the overlap to put winger Andy Frain over the try line. Within the first 20 minutes Kersal crossed the whitewash twice more, as Andy Frain crossed for his second try and second rower Aaron Antrobus scored one, as kicker Jordan Roberts was slotting the conversions from all over the pitch.
It wasn't until 25 minutes into the half after a sustained period of Penrith attack, they found a way around the Kersal defense, tip-toeing along the touchline to make the score 21-5. Kersal rounded off the half with the last say as it was powerful running from powerhouse number 8 Conor Frain, good support play from captain Pablo, which set up the opportunity for Emeka to cross for his first of 2 tries in the match. They went into the break in 26-5 up.
With Penrith looking to avoid a start similar to that of the first half, it was not until the 50 minute mark that the first score was achieved, with flanker Emeka going over for his second try. This woke up Penrith up, with some solid defensive work from Kersal being displayed, being led by fly-half Pete Kilburn and centre Ben Harris, as well as flanker Simon Betts who were all causing headaches for the continued waves of Penrith attacks. It was only an interception by winger Ishmael Bashir that put a halt to their attack, leading to an 80 metre run the other way for a try under the posts for Ishamel. Penrith untilised their size in the pack which put them over for their second try, via a powerful maul from a lineout. Just as in the first half though, it was Kersal who made sure they had the last say of the second half, as a winding run from full-back Tony O'Connor put him over on the left wing for a try on his return. A superb conversion from out wide took the final score to 47-10.
Kersal have a break from the league next weekend and head into the cup hoping to take momentum from this weekend's result. They head away on 6th October to fellow promotees Glossop, aiming to begin a good run in the cup.
Tries: Andy Frain (x2), Aaron Antrobus, Emeka Okoye (x2), Ishmael Bashir, Tony O'Connor
Conv: Jordan Roberts (x6)
Report by Andy Thomas