Despite only having 15 men and none of the usual half backs playing, Crosfields won the first half but tired in the second. With forwards playing the pivot roles Crosfields put in a fantastic effort to go in at half time 4-16. But tiring players and a lack of rotation took its toll and Jude's where spurred on to take the game 36-20.
This last minute Easter friendly had a makeshift Soap outfit make the trip over to Premier Division side Wigan St Judes. A depleted squad travelled this Saturday due to the Easter holidays and several late withdrawals due to illness.
The hosts starting the game with a deep kick down field. After 3 minutes Crosfields were showing that they should not be taken lightly when today's Stand-off Taylor Boyne
ran through the line to get over with a try,. He was unable to covert his own try and made the score 0-4.
St Jude's fought back soon after with their number 6 running down the left side of the field to score. With an unsuccessful conversion to make the score 4-4.
A strong period followed for Crosfields, stirling defence and and eating up the metres in attack. Pressure on the Judes line eventually told, and with a scoot at the play the ball from today's Scrum-half Tom Millington
gets him over the line under the sticks. Successful conversion by Ed Roberts
Next up, a short grubber by Taylor Boyne
, well collected by himself to get over the line. Ed Roberts
successfully converted again to take Crosfields in with a well deserved lead at half time 4-16.
As expected, from the off Judes pushed on with extra determination as they retuned the restart. This vigour the only response they could have to attempt to take any reward from this game. The tiring Crosfields team did well to try and defend their line. But St Judes rolled along this 10 minute purple patch of possession and scored 3 times with successful conversions to make the score 22-16.
Though now trailing Crosfields still saw hope in winning the game when Taylor Boyne
, forcing the knock on in pressuring the Judes first receiver from a scrum play, gathered the loose ball and ran in from half-way for his hat-trick try. Unsuccessful conversion still left Soap trailing 22-20.
Crosfields now visibly tiring in the middle of the park, injuries forcing frequent use of the limited interchanges. The slower line speed saw Judes exploit this over the last 10 minutes and score 3 tries with 1 successful conversion to make the final score a flattering 36-20. Especially as Crosfields had hooker Jordan Thomason
driving and twisting to touchdown over the line, but was dubiously chalked off by the referee as a knock on. That score would have made it 26 each with 5 minutes on the clock. However, soon after that decision, Judes winger raced down the right touchline to score the gamebreaker for a 32 – 20 lead, show boating in the process to let us all know how much that meant to them.
A valiant effort from the Crosfields lads in this friendly against another side 2 divisions above. The most enjoyable game of the season to date and begs the thought of how they would have fared with a full squad...