Woodhouse Warriors travelled to play Underbank Rangers for their final league game with only thirteen but this has been the case for most of the season due to work commitments and injuries. Woodhouse arrived at the ground late which could have been used as an excuse to not put the effort in and just go through the motions but Woodhouse took the game to the Rangers.
After fifteen minutes in the sweltering heat Woodhouse put the first points on the board after a knock on from Rangers, from the resulting scrum Loose Forward Germaine broke from the back of the scrum making good yards and he offloaded to Centre Andy Bullock before he was brought down and then their were two good runs from Stand Off Jamie Calvert and stand in Second Row Rab (Nathan Gill) who is more at home as a Hooker or Fullback, the ball was then sent out wide to Jamie who put in Centre Mickey Lyons who hit the gap but he was caught by the covering defence but he managed to offload to Winger Fred (David Gaines)who took the ball down the short side and scored but Jamie was unable to convert. 0 - 4.
Woodhouse scored again with a touch of class from the Loose Forward after steady work from Woodhouse, the Rangers defence were caught napping after Germaine chipped over and collected the ball and scored and Jamie converted. 0 - 10.
Underbank replied with a converted try after they received a penalty taking the score to now 6 - 10.
Woodhouse replied in their next set of six having again forcing a knock on. After a good couple of drives Rab took the ball in and spinning in the tackle he offloaded to Scrum Half Ross Hammill and with a quick pass to Jamie he cut up the defence to score under the posts and he converted his own try. 6 - 16.
Woodhouse were showing their determination when they forced yet another knock which resulted in another try which this time was scored by Winger Ryan Rainey. 6 - 20.
The first try in the second half came to Woodhouse with a solo try from Jamie Calvert who kicked over and collected the ball and score and he converted his own try. 6 - 26.
Rangers scored the next three unanswered tries two of which were converted after Woodhouse were being caned for penalties some were called for but some were very dubious decisions from the referee. The score was now. 22 - 26.
Woodhouse still managed to threaten the Rangers line and score even though the Woodhouse players were tiring due to the heat and the fact they had no subs, and players continued to play with injuries. The next try came when the ball was sent out to the Germaine for him to take the ball over the line and Jamie converted taking the score to a close 22 - 32.
The final two tries came from Rangers and the latter which took them to put the scores equal was a blatant obstruction and instead of being penalised they were awarded the try and when the referee was questioned about this the referee said that obstruction is not a penalty in this level of rugby if this is so then clubs should be made aware of it at the beginning of the season and not the end.
Woodhouse were now down to twelve men after the referee decided to sin bin a man for questioning his decision about the obstruction, Rangers went on further to take the win by putting over a drop goal , Woodhouse attempted a drop goal in the dying seconds but it went wide the final score was 33 - 32.
Woodhouse were asked this week to go out and play with pride and give it their best and this they did, the only thing Rangers had that was superior to Woodhouse was the number of players.
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