Rhyl match report
Sefton U15 48-17 Rhyl U15
Famous for its once fabled Sun Centre and having hosted a whole series of Rod Hull and Emu. Also, home to a rugby team with very similar shirts to Sefton, necessitating a protracted game of turning our shirts inside out. They also had a very vocal head coach. Must be a Welsh thing…
This was the first game back in action after 2 consecutive Lancashire cup defeats with Anthony and Nye still unavailable. We managed to just about cobble a team together with a few positional changes seeing Paddy continue at 9 with Tom Fletcher starting in the second row (before moving to wing). New boy Kyle started on the bench.
After the last two matches, in theory, confidence was a little bit low and it wasn’t at all clear what way things were going to turn out. We needn’t have worried, as this was a return to the form shown at the start of the season against Mold.
Rhyl started well but were undone with our first break of the game with Lucas speeding through the Rhyl defence in a manner akin to Bernie Clifton and his ostrich. For readers of a younger disposition I should explain that before YouTube, grown men attached to pretend Australasian bird life passed as entertainment on British TV.
Anyway I digress.
The first try set the pattern for the remainder of the first half with further tries for Dan D, Lucas and Ruari whilst Rhyl also scored as we ran out of energy towards the end of the first half.
The first half was marred by a head injury to Jack who just about passed his head injury assessment with the answer “Err… Wales?” to the question “Who are we playing?” Jack would attempt to play on if he’d been savaged by a Great White shark but we didn’t take any chances and Kyle joined the fray as replacement. Always tough to join a match when everyone else knows each other but Kyle got stuck in and could well be a prospect.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Sefton shading superiority in every area of the game, except for swearing where Rhyl had the upper hand until the referee warned that the next person to swear would be seeing a small piece of coloured card.
Further tries followed for Ruari, Tom F and Paddy, with the second of Paddy’s tries a penalty try after a very Nyesque run.
We even managed a few conversions. Rhyl added a try of their own with a set piece “Warrington ball” move, which apparently was also very popular in the 1970s.
So, a good day at the office. Confidence restored and a number of very strong performances from Paddy, Leo, Dan D, Ruari and new winger Tom Fletcher, who in the style of Sesame Street*, may become very familiar with the numbers 11 and 14.
Now we just have to start beating teams that aren’t Welsh…
* Yes – Big Bird – another eejit with a pretend bird. An 8 foot Canary apparently