Prenton 3rd XV vs Birkenhead Park 3rd XV 09/09/17
Match report by Paul Cotgrave
The highs & lows of 3rd team rugby, The morning started with 18 players & a confirmed ref. Throughout the morning we had a change of Ref, no ref (sort your own) & back to another substitute ref (Well done Russ). 15mins before KO only 15 players & could anyone play for the Police 2s as they were short of players & varying reports of players who will / will not be here for KO. 10 mins before KO 19 players! Including some old friends in Andy Skeleton, Gary Jones (plus his mate Andy who went on to make his rugby debut), & Steve Clewlow.
Looking at the 2x teams Prenton had a good mix of old & young & Birkenhead Park largely made up of last season’s Lewis Cotgrave’ s title winning Colts team. The game started at a frenetic pace with Prenton pounding into the Park defence & territory. Not long into the game Steve Clewlow bashed over from a scrum close to the Park try line. Park bounced straight back & scored a well worked try within minutes. The game then entered a period even seven’s with both teams having a good crack at each other & was good to watch from the side lines. Finally Gary Jones crashed over for a try to put Prenton back into the lead. & Prenton managed to score again on the stroke of half time. 17-7 to Prenton, with the scores so close & the way both teams were playing it was still anyone’s game.
Prenton again scored the 1st try of the 2nd half & this took the game away from Park, with Prenton’s big forwards now getting the better of the smaller younger Park pack wearing them down, rolled in with 4 subs Prenton had the luxury of rotating the forwards. Park began to crumble going to uncontested scrums & Prenton’s pack’s physical dominance creating big gain line success & lots of good ball for the backs. Prenton began putting in the phases’ s playing good rugby showing good continuity between forward & backs & scoring try after try. Good games from Lee Raff settling into his new front row position & Roy Triggs junior in the centre good in defence, attack, scoring on his debut & playing in the same team has his Dad!
Although Prenton ran away with the game in the 2nd half & the final score being 62-12 to Prenton credit to the Park side, they never gave up & played to the end.
Prenton try scorers, Gary Jones just the 5!, Roy Triggs Junior 1, James Gale 1, Steve Clewlow 1, Rab 1. Apologies if I missed anyone (Am sure you will let me know)
Conversions between Craig Elk & Jordon Ainslie (mostly JA)
Roy Triggs Snr
Roy Triggs Jnr