Sunday 11th December 2016
Leigh Dragons 32 v Preston Grasshoppers 7
Leigh U14's welcomed last seasons Lancashire Cup finalists Preston Grasshoppers to Leigh Sports Village on Sunday for a highly anticipated match between two evenly matched teams.
On their previous visit to Leigh a few weeks ago Preston took the spoils with a last minute try to break the Dragons hearts. This time there would be no repeat of this as the Leigh team completely dominated from start to finish to record an emphatic win.
Led by a magnificent display from captain Dan T and the unstoppable Jack T Leigh controlled the game with their best performance of the season.
The forwards won the battle against a big, strong Preston unit, with Danny E, Ben Mc, Leon M, Jack A, Tane B, Ryan C, Oliver N, Connor C, Ben C, Joe M, Dan T, Harry J, Fabian W and Ben Ma swapping and changing places effortlessly throughout the game, carrying the ball forward over the gain line at will, rucking hard and defending with real vigour.
The backline of Ikey H, Ben T, Tom B, Jack T, Tyler B, Jack M, Fin T, Loui B, Sam M and Ethan W also seamlessly swapped around during the game and played with incredible skill and speed, causing chaos every time the ball was shifted wide. Defensively they were very strong, with the systems being worked on in training working well.
The treis came from Jack T (4), Tyler B and Danny E with Jack M converting once but this will go down as a real team effort with everyone contributing to a fantastic display.
On this form there is every reason to believe that this team can go close to winning the cup this year but we will have to keep working hard and improving as we get into the business end of the season.
Special mentions must go to Dan T for an immense display, Jack T for 4 more tries, bringing his total to a staggering 23 in 10 games, Danny E who is developing into an outstanding RU player and to Oliver N who came off the bench and carried out several big hits.
Sale away next week, keep it up.
Well done boys.