Merseyside Police 14 - MGM 34
Away win makes it four wins on the bounce for the in-form Machine.
Audio match report here.
With an emphatic 34 – 14 victory away at Merseyside Police, the MGM made it four wins on the bounce.
And such is the vein of form that the Machine has found, that even turning up with 16 men and playing a few out of position, Benno’s men were much too strong for the boys in blue.
What really stands out about this victory, like last week’s win against New Brighton, is how intelligently the Machine played. Playing up the hill, against a reasonable Police side, the MGM dominated from the off, punching holes from close in through the forwards, before unleashing a back line which looked to have the beating of their opponents at will.
Making his debut, winger Dan opened the scoring, with a well worked move giving him the space to turn on the burners and score the first of two tries.
Big Joe Spencer, playing at 10, then doubled the machine’s lead, converting his own try to take the machine out to a 12 nil lead. A quickly taken penalty from the hosts then saw the MGM’s advantage reduced to seven points, much against the run of play, but the MGM turned around five points to the good, and well in control.
Playing with the hill in the second half, the Machine slowly but surely started to pull away from their hosts.
Attacking down the right wing, geriatric skipper Dave “Dave” Bentham, leading from the front as ever, charged into midfield , before turning and deftly slipping a round the corner offload to scrum half Ciaran Thomas, back from university for the weekend, who fed debutant Dan for this second try. Ever-present centre Tim Bell then capped a fine game with a jinking try converted by Joe Spencer.
The boys in blue regrouped and came back with a well-worked score under the posts, but a first try in senior rugby for big second-row Tom, found on the wing by the Man of Bronze, saw the MGM clear of danger, before Joe Neary put the icing on the cake with a try that looked a nailed on cert for Ciaran Thomas to score, before he was felled just short of the line.
There’s a real buzz about the Machine at the moment. Judicious recruitment has created an exciting blend of young, talented players and old, grizzled bruisers, who make up with guile and brutality what they lack in speed and skill. It’s a winning combination and enormous fun for all concerned.
The evening was capped off by an expeditionary beer train outing, captained by Mr Paul Harris, who set out from Aigburth station to wend their way back to the Memorial Ground. Who knows if they will ever be seen again?
Vive la jeunesse. Vive la brutalite. Vive la machine.