'Loo win at Vale of Lune
Boggy pitch, beautiful surrounding, bashed bodies, bravery remembered and a big win.
Firwood Waterloo 36 v Vale of Lune 0
Report by Coach Kevin Brookman.
A day trip away from the normal wind and rain of Hall Road with the U16's travelling up to Lancaster for the first time as Juniors. Considering that we had played at every annual tournament from U7 to U12 it was a long wait before this welcome return. What hadn’t changed was the glue pot pitch, the beautiful surroundings or the enthusiasm and desire of a committed Vale side along with great hospitality. On a day of solemn remembrance it was good to be able to look back on those enjoyable earlier visits.
Making full use of the large squad, Waterloo travelled with 18 players and soon were two tries to the good after Jakob floated over the mud before Ben Rowan did the complete opposite and trawled through 10 feet of mud, water and turf to power over . Conversions were difficult on the day whether off the tee or from hand, let’s say 50% resulted in raised the flags during the day.
Good forward play then followed with a catch by George at a lineout who burst 24 metres but the last metre is the hardest and he was brought down by a great Vale tackle before Zak collected and drove over for a third try. Moment of the match came soon after when Vale, hemmed into their 22 launched a long kick downfield. With the ball coming out of the clouds, Vale probably thought that they were in no danger, they didn’t know that Keir catches snow covered rugby balls in his sleep and he took the high ball at pace, burst through the whole pack, ran 30 yards and took 3 Vale players over the line to touch down. Recurring injuries to Daniel and Alex resulted in both being brought both off at half time and we hope both recover quickly.
The second half was a bit scrappy but good forward work from Lloyd, Kian, Joshua and Calum set up ruck after ruck combined with strong, lung bursting runs from Josh and Ross with Harry putting in some big tackles, all resulting in Waterloo dominating territory. Austen pulled the strings and was unlucky to be pulled back after scorching 50 yards down the touchline and dotting down to be pulled back for a scrum infringement . Great team work next with Rhys and Teddy showing good skills and combining well and further scores followed from Jakob and Alfie who showed his best work by bursting down the right wing, skipping tackles at will to finish the day off under the posts
Many thanks to Ian Mercer who took charge of the whistle, didn’t blow it that often and let the game flow. We wish Vale well for the rest of the season and hope to see you soon