Tries: M Sage, M Augostine, O Pemberton, R Chapman (2), Z Christie Conversions:T. Jones (2), R Bevan
It was interesting to see how the Wolves squad would respond following the disappointment of their defeat in the Staffs cup final last week however we need not have worried as the boys came out firing on all cylinders against a competitive well drilled Whitchurch squad in relatively benign conditions at Castlecroft.
The first half saw the boys in black come out their blocks with more than a point to prove and within the first ten minutes they had secured a 12pt lead against a shell shocked Whitchurch side. After just 2 minutes No 8 Mark Sage made a clear statement of intent with a fine run straight through the visitors defensive line following a big forwards push into the Whitchurch 22. Meanwhile inside centre Tom Jones completed a straightforward conversion to put home side ahead 7-0. By the 6th minute Fly half Marinus Augostine burst through the visitors defensive line again following some great work by the Wolves pack. TJ was unlucky not to convert but Wolves led 12-0.
Wolves 12 Whitchurch 0
As the half progressed the visitors as expected eventually settled down and the game particularly at the breakdown became far more competitive with some solid defence on both sides. However ill discipline at times gave the momentum to the visitors whom carved out the next opportunity as their useful inside centre broke through the Wolves defensive line to register the first points for the visitors.
Wolves 12 Whitchurch 5
Despite the setback and further fierce resistance from the visitors the Wolves pack began to regain the upper hand in the rucks, mauls & scrum winning vital possession. The pack carved out further opportunities providing quick ball for the Wolves back line to exploit. It was not until the very end of the half this pressure was finally turned into more points as outside centre Ollie Pemberton finished off a fine move using his power and pace to score and extend Wolves’ lead. A fine kick to convert by TJ nearly eclipsed the try as it was a terrific effort. The conversion duly signalled half-time.
Half-Time: Wolves 19 Whitchurch 5
The second half saw no lessening of the visitors competitive edge as yet again to their credit they fought their way back into the game. The Whitchurch pack clearly came out with the bit between their teeth and quickly gained another rush of momentum nontheless the Wolves defence remained steadfast shutting down the dangerous runners of the Whitchurch back line. Eventually 10 minutes into the restart an opportunity came their way as their inside centre once more used his pace to score and reduce the deficit.
Wolves 19 Whitchurch 10
The Whitchurch score seemed to jolt the Wolves 15 into further action as the pack wrested the momentum back from the visitors and despite some personnel changes still managed to take their opportunities when the presented themselves. Just as the game entered the final quarter Wolves achieved a another breakthrough following quick ball and some terrific handling amongst forwards and backs alike which left hooker Rob Chapman to make a darting run for the line. The resultant conversion by centre Rhys Bevan gave Wolves a comfortable lead.
Wolves 26 Whitchurch 10
In the final minutes the game opened up as lots of space began to appear facilitating plenty of open play which suited the Wolves 15. In the final minutes the boys in black closed out the game with a further two scores as Rob Chapman lethal in open play touched down for a second identikit try and winger Zac Christie finished off another fine move involving good handling by both forwards and backs right at the death.
Final score: Wolves 36 Whitchurch 10.
In conclusion there were some fine individual displays across the squad and all in all it was a good win with a solid performance against tenacious opposition.
Great win - well done lads!!
Match Squad: Marinus Augostine: Amar Baden: Cameron Bahia: Rhys Bevan: Sean Casey: Rob Chapman: Zac Christie: Eeshvar Singh Boparai: Adam Ellis: Hayden: Freddie Houlder: Alex Hyde: Tom Jones: Matt Laycock: Conner Parker: Oliver Pemberton: Scott Russell: Mark Sage.