Cadishead Rhinos and Woolston Rovers served up a thrilling game on Sunday with the Rhinos justing missing out on the win
Previous encounters between the two sides have always been close and Sunday was no different.
Cadishead took an early lead when Jay Pollock raced around the Woolston defence for a try out wide.
Both sides defences were on top forcing errors in the wet conditions. Despite some good efforts from Tom Mckay and Dylan Martin in defence it was the Rovers who levelled the score on 8 minutes with a good try.
The Rhinos came close to scoring with Tommy Smith playing his first game these season working well in midfield however two tries from Woolston gave them a 12-4 lead at half time.
The Rhinos started the second half well with Connor Bailey marshalling the side well and a Sam Crowther try early in the second half took the scores to 12-8.
Woolston hit back with a try of their own before Jay Pollock grabbed his second try of the day with some good straight running.
It was end to end stuff and Woolston scored again before Macy Busuttil burst through for a great try.
Once again Woolston scored to extend their lead to 24-16 before Sam Crowther scored the try of the game collecting a pass from Reece Ward and weaving his way through the Woolston defence and then sprinting 40 meters before he dived over.
At 24-20 the game could have gone either way but the visitors but the game beyond doubt with a late try to seal the win.
It was a great game play by two vastly improved sides in good spirits.
As well as scoring two tries Jay Pollock's defensive performance was recognised when he was awarded the top tackler award. Mica Jones won the award for best effort whilst Thomas Coburn was the Rhinos Man of Steel.
It was Sam Crowther on a welcome return from rugby union who stole the show scoring two tries and winning the man of the match award.