Wigan St. Patricks ARLFC

Wigan St. Patricks ARLFC

Rose Bridge 22 St Patricks Under 15's 14

by Chris Fairhurst

Better by half!

Rose Bridge 22

St Patricks Under 15's 14

This away game at local rivals Rose Bridge was a definite example of the "game of two halves" with St Pats fortunes increasing after the half-time break and finishing far better than they started.

In the first 15 minutes St Pats were equal to the Rose Bridge challenge as a number of 'Bridge attacks were frustrated.

The first of a number of defensive lapses allowed Rose Bridge Scrum Half Danny Cassidy to skip through and then around St Pats full back Pat Melling to score a try which he also converted.

This was the start of St Pats worst period of the game as the went on to concede a further 3 tries and 2 goals to make the score 22 - Nil before Melling muscled his way over to narrow the gap to 18 points as the whistle blew to end the half.

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With the coaches half-time talk still ringing in their ears St Pats started the second half with renewed vigour and a much more dominant display by the forwards orchestrated by half backs Tom Davies  and Adam Leatherbarrow, starved Rose Bridge of possession.

New boy Harry Swarbrick continued to threaten in the centres both in attack and defence, getting good field position from which props, first Ian Hardman from the tap penalty after Louis Fairhurst copped a high shot, and second Fairhurst himself, took advantage by barging over for successive St Pats tries. 

Calum ONeill kicked one conversion to finish the scoring.

Unfortunately the clock ran out for a grand comeback but if 'Pats take that form into their next game with Shevington Sharks then they should challenge for a 1st league win of the season.

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