Match Reports - 20th & 23rd July 2023

26 Jul 2023 in Club News

Match Reports - 20th & 23rd July 2023 Match Reports - 20th & 23rd July 2023
Wigan St Judes ARLFC – Match Reports
Thursday, 20 July 202310's - GoldsChorley PanthersAwayN/AWe headed over to Panthers Park for our last match before the summer break to face off against a team we had a close encounter against earlier in the season, and this was no different.

We started off receiving the ball, and Harry H made a strong return. We ended the set with a kick and put the opposition under pressure.

The exchanges continued for the next few sets before Chorley opened the scoring, taking advantage of a gap near the line. The try wasn't converted.

Judes put the opposition under pressure for the next few sets and pinned them back on the line. Leo took the initiative from dummy half and barged through the defenders to bring us level, converting the try to take us into the lead.

The remainder of the half was even between both teams. A good half of rugby all told.

We started the second half off, showing some determination to get the game moving.

We pressed the defence and moved up the pitch. A ball out to Bailey saw him burst through a number of defenders out wide, expertly supported by Jacob, keeping Bailey in the pitch to carry on over the line to extend our lead, which he converted.

A spirited Chorley team worked their way back into the tie with another try, which was converted and brought the game back to a two point match up.

The defence from both teams showed great resilience throughout a very competitive second half.

Reagan took control of the ball and evaded a number of tackles to burst down the wing to go over for our final try of the proceedings, which he converted.

Chorley didn't give up and got back in the game again with another try late on, which was converted. They continued to attack, and we rode our luck as a late try was ruled out for Chorley due to a knock on.

We held our nerve to play up the pitch to finish our set and the match.

Games like these show how far our team has come, holding our nerve and seeing a tough, tense game out.

Player of the match
Coaches - Jacob
Opposition - Reagan

A big well done to every player tonight. A lot of effort in that to take us into the summer with a good set of results in the month.

Up the Judes!
Sunday, 23 July 202310's - MaroonsHigginshaw MarshallsHomeN/AWe welcomed Higginshaw down to the Meadow following what feels like endless rain!

The team today had some of the kids from our other team helping out following some changes.

The match started off with a kick off which was expertly recovered by Oliver to regain possession. The following set got us up the field and the kick from Zaine forced an error and another set on the opposition line. From this we were able to get the ball out and Isaac was able to take advantage and open the scoring with a great finish, which was converted.

Higginshaw started to force their way back in the game with some strong running and gained some metres. They soon went over with a strong run after some good play, which was converted.

Judes reset from the kick off and some good play followed from both teams. In one set we moved the ball well and got it to Daniel who went on a mazy run to force his way over to retake the lead, which he extended with his conversion.

As the half wore on, Higginshaw pressed to get back in the match and put pressure on our line. They managed to force a close range drive before half time, which was converted. The half drew to a close all square.

With a break in the rain we set the kids up for the second half to return the kick off. We pressed hard and came up against a strong defence, we also showed great resolve to keep the opposition from scoring, with all players getting involved in some great defensive work.

We pressed in attack, with Jayden breaking from the halves with a strong run and showing a lot of determination to take half the defence with him as he headed over the line. He followed that up with a great conversion to extend our lead.

There were some breaks in play following penalties and a few knocks but we held off a strong attack from Higginshaw, forcing errors as they closed on our line. We recovered the ball and moved the length of the pitch in the final set of the match and a great kick led to an alert Oliver taking advantage to round the match off with another try for Judes, which he converted.

A big well done to everyone today, two good teams putting on a great match. Special mention to our kids, with some who'd met each other for first time an hour before kick off.

Players of the match

Coaches - Jack
Opposition - Isaac


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