Cup win for Waterloo v Sedgley Park
The Griffin roars louder than the Tiger
It has been a long six weeks since the last cup game, time to reflect, learn and yes lick the wounds following an early season away defeat. Plenty of rugby has been played since then and the team has started to click so it was with anticipation that Sedgley Park were welcomed to the wind tunnel that is Hall Road.
Waterloo were soon ahead with Adam being fed by Jakob and darting over following a central scrum. Benedict then grubbered and followed his own kick to dot down but had the referee already blown for a 'Loo penalty? Yes, I think so and perhaps it should have been chalked off but nobody was catching Ben, nor taking this moment from him.
Keir was pinged for not releasing when tackled so next time rather than wait for the ruck to form he played a delicious offload pass from the floor into the arms of Benedict on a great arcing run, great try.
Ewan and Alfie nailed a great tackle and turnover, allowing Fraser to break free and score followed by a driven conversion into the wind by Jakob who was on fire with the boot from open play, following on from Finn in midweek and later matched by Austen who gained 40 metres from his own 5 metre line into touch. Superb football skills from the backs which gained good yards, relieved pressure and set up chances in the typically blustery conditions.
After a few quiet words from Coach Brookman (well I say quiet, I believe there is a deaf octogenarian in Ormskirk who couldnt quite hear him) the second half KO was well taken by Josh Doyle and worked right. A chip chase was well recovered by Sedge but turned over and through the hands for Finn to score. The next try was the pick of the bunch for me. The forwards picked and drove for several phases, sucking in defenders until suddenly the ball was out and before you could blink Adam was over on the right.
A couple more scores before the skill of the day with Finn shaping to pass, body swerving, dummying and then finally releasing a pass which had your roving reporter mesmerised (and I had been roving this morning having clocked up 150 miles driving to Blackpool, Manchester and back to Crosby in time for KO).
Sedgley Park are a good side who continued to play rugby with a decent kicking game of their own and strong runners who could dish out a stiff arm hand off, following on from last season they were secure under the high ball, setting up pacy breaks. All of the 'Loo set-up wish them well for the season.
What set the teams apart on the day? An example...Ethan was a little isolated at a ruck right on the final whistle, 30 points to the good. Perhaps his fellow forwards stepped off the gas for a split second resulting in him finding himself in an uncomfortable position under several Sedgley boots? He certainly let his mates know his feelings even as the final whistle was blown! He didn't want to come second in any contest, even with the game over...and rarely did.
Well done all, a good win against strong opponents.