Match Reports - 15th - 16th July 2023

18 Jul 2023 in Club News

Match Reports - 15th - 16th July 2023 Match Reports - 15th - 16th July 2023
Wigan St Judes ARLFC – Match Reports
Saturday, 15 July 20231st TeamSaddleworthAway16-30The 1st team playing away at saddleworth lost 16-30
The first half was an arm wrestle,but Jude’s scored 1st a try out wide by Brogan Turner 0-4
Judes completed the first 10 sets 100%,but couldn’t convert it in to points , saddleworth scored on 30 minutes to take the lead at halftime 6-4
Saddleworth started the second half fast and scored 2 converted try’s 18-4. , the introduction of sub Dean Hunt fired up the Jude’s and it was Dean him self who scored close to sticks the try converted by Barry Rothwell 18-10
Unfortunately for Jude’s a sin bin cost them dear with saddleworth scoring 2 converted try’s 30-10
Back to 17 on the field Deans created a second try for Brogan Turner converted by Fallon to end the scoring 30-16
Ncl player of the match went to Reece Stanton
Top tackler Reece Stanton 27
Peter Moore 23
Danny Fallon 23
Kieran Rennox 23
Most meters 18 carries 125 meters Reece Stanton
Reece Mathews 120
Reece McNally 105
Also deserve a mention young prop Mackenzie Davies, Dante Morley samuels and Barry Rothwell
On ncl debut we had Chris English who had a solid first game
Sunday, 16 July 202310's - GoldsHeysham AtomsAwayN/AWe headed up to Heysham for our penultimate match before the summer break.

Our previous visits have been tough encounters. With a long journey and lower numbers than usual, giving the impression that this visit could follow suit.

However, the group of kids showed up from the off and demonstrated the culture we've worked on with all our kids. Showing up for each other, supporting their mates, and not taking a backwards step. They demonstrated this in abundance today.

From the kick-off, we won the ball back straight away. Our opening set advanced us up the field, and the resulting kick on the last was returned by Heysham, but Zaine showed great positioning to tackle the player in touch, winning the ball back for his team. We restarted with a scrum and moved the ball from right to left. Jacob scooted from the left through a number of defenders to open the scoring with a try in the middle of the pitch. The try was converted by Zaine.

Following the try, Heysham made strides to get back into the game with a good set that resulted in a high kick, following a bit of confusion, Heysham was able to force a turnover. Following some further pressure, Heysham pulled a try back, which was converted.

It was on Judes to re-assert their authority on the game, and this happened through some more good, organised play. We patiently worked the ball up the pitch and opened the field up for Harry H to charge through the defence like a wrecking ball to score our next try, which was expertly converted by Reagan.

Shortly after this, we headed in to half time and a well-deserved break.

We set up for the second half with the same mission as the first half. Finley gathered the kick off with ease and made some metres . Some good exchanges followed for both teams. This included some dazzling runs from Oscar, who danced through the defence to put some big metres for his mates.

One set finished off with another huge kick from Sam, some rapid chasedowns followed from Jacob and Oliver, with Jacob forcing an error to win the ball back for his team close to the opposition try line. The following set moved the ball around as we knocked on the door, but another good ball to Oliver unlocked the door for another try, which Oliver converted, to further extend our lead.

Our pressure continued to make a difference in the game, with the ball being moved about well and great defence on show. We worked ourselves up the pitch again to get the ball out to Jacob, who showed great balance to stay in play and grab his second try of the game, which wasn't converted.

With a bit of time on the clock Heysham knocked on the door to get back on the game and a darting run across our defence led to a try out wide for the home side, which was converted.

In the later stages of the match, Judes didn't let their intensity drop and kept pushing for a late try with us being fingertips away from another try at the final whistle.

All in all, a very good team performance today. The kids should be very proud of themselves and the work they've put in today.

Players of the match
Coaches - Oscar for some big metres and hard work throughout.

Opposition - Harry H for a very strong running and defensive performance
Sunday, 16 July 202311's - GoldsCulcheth EaglesAway30 - 28Our last game before the summer break saw us travelling to Culcheth.
With a full team turning up, we were ready to keep our 100% record going.
Culcheth were not going to make that easy for us though and opened the game with a try and conversion.
After a second try from Culcheth, Golds knew they had to work together to bring the game back.
Their hard work paid off with a try and a conversion by Reece Collier. Next over the line was Dalton Jones who also added the extra two points.
The game stayed close with great defense by both teams. Jacob Daven added two tries followed by a try from Ian Monk.
At the end of the game, Golds were rewarded for their determination and we kept the lead and our 100% record.
Captain - Jaxon Gore
Try scorers - Reece Collier (1), Dalton Jones (1), Jacob Daven (2), Ian Monk (1)
Conversions - Reece Collier, Dalton Jones, Jacob Daven, Ian Monk, Isaac Atherton
Player of the match - Dalton Jones
Effort of the Match - Jaxon Gore
Parent's Player- Isaac Atherton
Refs Award - Ian Monk
Opposition Player - Reece Collier
Sunday, 16 July 202318'sOrrell St JamesAway10-6Today we travelled the short distance to Orrell for our last game before the summer break. It was an odd match, which seemed very chilled and well controlled, but ended up a close contest, with a score to close for comfort.

Orrell took us by surprise from the kick-off, when the ball found its way over the side line, but fantastic Judes defence deny Orrell getting over the whitewash. Judes hit back with the perfect attacking start with strong running from our forwards, getting us in the best position to run a set play and a drop off from Roman to Calum, who timed his run perfectly and shot through the defence to score. Converted by Roman, we got the start we were looking for. On the restart, Judes were pulled for a dubious forward pass, thankfully Orrell knock-on and from the resulting turnover ball, Jack G jinked into the line and took the ball up, threw an outrageous dummy and barged his way through to score a superb individual effort. A clever kick over from Orrell, saw the ball swirl all over and made it difficult to control and it bounced perfectly for Orrell to pick up and score, bringing the score to 6-10. Our opponents got a spring in their step and were at our line, fortunately Rohan pounced on the attacker and halted their go forward, then pressurised their ruck, forcing a knock-on to turn the ball over, sadly time was called on the first half and Judes head into the break with a small lead.

Second half both teams went toe to toe, Judes felt in control of the game, but as time went on, the game became more intense. It felt hard work to get more points on the board second half, we did everything right with everyone running strongly and showing solid defence, but our end of set plays, just wouldn’t go our way. Although we couldn’t record any further tries second half, we didn’t allow our opponents over either, which created a nail-biting finish. Orrell were awarded a scrum close to Judes line with 30 seconds to go, they fed the scrum then instantly kick over, thankfully Brogan was safe as houses plucking the ball out of the air and sealing the win for Judes 6-10.

Good to see Judes back to winning ways, a huge thank you goes to Nathan and Kian from our 16s, who both stuck their hand up to play for us today, both having solid games. Kian had a truly outstanding game in an unfamiliar position and looked like he’d played in the team all season. He continually ran at the opposition and was solid defensively, gaining him a well-deserved Man of the Match Award. Coaches also gave out their award today to Sean Makhaza, who was all over the pitch defensively and produced great back to back defensive efforts, amazing work-horse performance Sean. Well Done lads, keep putting in the hard work so we can finish the second half of the season strongly.
Sunday, 16 July 20237'sHindleyAway0-0This week saw the under 7's head into their mid season break following a midweek fixture and weekend fixture, to get the boys as much game time as possible.

The midweek fixture was against a very good Thatto Heath side who for large parts for the game gave the U7's a very tough test.

Try's in these games coming from Thomas S, Cooper W, Charlie P, Archie B, Parker W, Thomas W, Harry A, Joey P, Zac S, Teddie R and with his first try for Judes Archie A!!

Awards going to Cooper W, Charlie P, Parker W, Harry A, Louis C and Jordan G. But outstanding performances from every one of the boys.

This weekend then saw the normal league fixture against Hindley in what turned out o be a try fest; Judes showed some great offloading and superb solo try's, going the length of the field on several occasions.

Scorers were Thomas S, Harry G, Parker W, Forrest R, Cooper W, Jack R, Noah H and Jack H with Thomas S, Forrest R and Noah H taking home the awards for the day. Well done boys great effort!!

The other weekend fixture was a fiercely competitive friendly against a superb St Pats team. This match highlighted some strong defence and great team spirit from the Under 7's to help them come out on top.

Tries in this game coming from Archie B, Charlie P and Zac S with the awards going to Archie B, Bobby K and Archie A, but all the boys performed brilliant.

What a first half of the season the Under 7's have had, all of the coaches would like to express a massive thank you to the boys for their constant efforts, team spirit, willingness to learn and train hard. We could not be prouder of the boys and what they have achieved so far this year and how far they have progressed in such a short time!! Well done boys, UTJ!!


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