Fixtures against these two famous clubs may perhaps not have the same cachet as in days of yore but this was a highly entertaining a full blooded intercity derby nonetheless, Firwood Waterloo taking the spoils 33-21 over Manchester.
"This was a much needed win and a terrific confidence boost for the whole squad," declared director of rugby Steve Wood after the game. "We have been struggling and putting ourselves under unnecessary pressure but I have always said that we are a good side with the ball in hand and that was proved today."
"We were a bit disappointed we let them back in it towards the end of the second half and at 33-0 we should not have conceded three converted tries," he continued,"but perhaps that will help us to keep our feet on the ground. We have still a lot of work to do especially in the area of game management where I think we were guilty of a loss of focus but that is something we know we can address."
Firwood Waterloo opened the scoring with a try from Jacob Allen, quick hands getting the winger over in the corner followed by a superb touchline conversion from Tom Booth.
A catch and drive brought up the second, Scott Robson claiming the honours, the try again converted by Booth.
A quickly taken tap penalty by Jonny Roberts, the scrum half breaking for the line but although stopped short managed a neat pop up pass to get the supporting Jack Weir in for the third.
Roberts himself scored the fourth to take the bonus point, winning the chase after he had kicked through from the base of a scrum, Booth once more adding the extras to close the half with Firwood Waterloo 26-0 ahead.
In the second half, from a Manchester attack a spilled ball was hacked on by Robson who followed up to cross for the fifth, Booth slotting the conversion.
At 33-0 Firwood Waterloo created further opportunities but were unable to turn them into points and it was Manchester who finished the stronger running in those three converted tries.
This coming Saturday Firwood Waterloo are away at Carlisle and will be hoping for a repeat performance.
"It will be a tough fixture, as are all games in Cumbria, but we need to keep up the momentum and complete this section of the season further up the table," Wood stated. "If we can play with the sort of confidence we displayed this afternoon I see know reason why we should not return with the points."
Updated 14:47 - 4 Dec 2017 by Andrea Davidson