Sandbach u15s 45:7 WPRFC u15s
With a scoreline flattering the hosts, Winnington u15s only managed to cross the chalk line once, halfway into the second half, following five scores from Sandbach.
The home side, playing their best rugby in over nine months, used the width of the field, recycled the ball well out of the ruck and punished WPRFC severely on the breakaway. Sandbach scored virtually the same running try four times.
In a game in which Park tried out many players in new and unfamiliar positions, the boys finished the day laughing and joking with each other and the opposition. At least the spirit of rugby was preserved today.
Liam had a particularly good day, playing scrum half and, apparently, flanker at the same time. Elliott Daly also had a decent day, both as full back and then as winger. The Winnington team had some very good periods of possession, taking the game to Sandbach, controlling the ball for between ten and fifteen phases, only to lose the ball simply ... leading to an inevitable opposition try.
The Park try was the result of sheer bloody-mindedness, with Ollie running until forced to the deck, Lewis continuing the run and refusing to lie down, resulting in Ollie running over the whitewash from about 20 yards out.
Things to learn: better control in the breakdown, faster and wider recycling out of the breakdown as well as making that critical first tackle count and taking the ball at pace.
Given this was only the third game of the season, coming at the end of a mid-term break, with so many players in unfamiliar positions there is much to continue to take in. As always, nothing a few intense training sessions can't resolve.
Scorers: Ollie Santini (x1 try), Evan Lloyd (x1 conversion)