Not the best of days for Firwood Waterloo who now slip back a place to fourth after going down 41-7 away to Burnage. However with Northwich losing at home to Wilmslow, albeit picking up a losing bonus point, the Blundellsands outfit are still in with a chance of making the play-off as they still have to play second place Blackburn and now third Northwich both at home. The situation is very much in their own hands as director of rugby Steve Wood has not failed to realise.
"It is up to us and we have to go for it," he stated. "As to Saturday's game we have not played for three weeks and that certainly told as we were very slow out of the blocks. Also we just did not adapt to the pace of the artificial surface and they really put us under the cosh with the speed of their attack. We did have captain Jack Weir missing but in all honesty they had us beaten all over the field."
The home side took the lead with three converted tries and a penalty to go in at the interval 21-7 ahead, Firwood Waterloo's try coming from good pressure from a restart to get lock Connor Scrivens over, Nick Dwyer adding the conversion.
The second half was all Burnage who added a further seventeen points from two more converted tries and a penalty to take the match and the bonus point.
"We really need to look at oursleves after this defeat, regroup because there is still a lot of rugby to be played and although this is a set back we will and must come again,"Wood explained. " Luckily Northwich also went down but Blackburn look as though they are mounting a strong challenge for second place and with Wilmslow and Warrington just two points behind us we cannot afford another defeat."
Unfortunately Firwood Waterloo have no game again this weekend due to Six Nations action but will return at home on 24th March against second place Blackburn which will be a must win game for both clubs.
"It does not get any easier but these are games we just have to win if we are to have any chance of promotion" Wood emphasised. "We also still have to play Northwich, the league are suggesting Easter Sunday 1st April but we have suggested moving it forward to Thursday 29th under lights at Blundellsands. We await their response."
Updated 13:19 - 13 Mar 2018 by Andrea Davidson