Match Reports - 2nd April 2023

03 Apr 2023 in Club News

Match Reports - 2nd April 2023 Match Reports - 2nd April 2023

Match Reports - 2nd April 2023

Wigan St Judes ARLFC – Match Reports
Sunday, 2 April 202311's - GoldsCulcheth EaglesHome40-16Today's game saw us back at home against Culcheth Eagles.
Straight from kick off we played strong and defended well. This didn't take long to pay off with an early try and conversion from Jacob.
The hard work carried on throughout the game, with great passing and teamwork we kept the lead to the end.
A big thank you to Ellie who was our ref today and well done to the players for showing her respect.
Captain - Owen Collier
Try scorers - Jacob Daven (1), Kenzie Phillips (3), Andrew Monk (1) Reece Collier (1), Ian Monk (1)
Conversions - Jacob Daven, Kenzie Phillips, Dalton Jones, Andrew Monk, Isaac Atherton, Ian Monk.
Player of the Match - Dalton Jones.
Best Effort - Kenzie Phillips.
Parent's Player- Ian Monk.
Opposition Player - Reece Collier.
Sunday, 2 April 202311's - MaroonsFolly LaneAway20-24
Judes flew out of the blocks with two early tries from Charlie Hibbert and Sam Charnock. Charlie Hibbert kicked a conversion as Judes went into a comfortable 10-0 lead at half time.

After the break, Folly took their opportunities well and took the lead. A Tommy Gleeson try put Judes back in front and Kian Halliwell added the extras in front of the sticks.

Folly continued to throw the ball about, taking the game away from Judes. A consolation try from Logan Welsh gave Judes a chance but it proved too late as Folly hung on to take the win.

Stand out performers today were Jack Needham, Tommy Gleeson and Brody-Lee Belshaw

Tries: Sam Charnock, Charlie Hibbert, Tommy Gleeson and Logan Welsh

Conversions: Charlie Hibbert and Kian Halliwell

Opposition man of the match: Tommy Gleeson
Judes man of the match: Jack Needham
Joint top tacklers: Charlie Hibbert, Ethan Cozens and Tommy Gleeson
Sunday, 2 April 202310's - GoldsBlackbrook RoyalsAwayX XWe made the short trip over to St Helens for our first trip to Blackbrook this morning.

We started off the match in a slow manner, falling prey to some quick runs from the play the ball from Blackbrook, meaning we were a few tries down after three quarters of the first half.

After a good chat with the kids, we asked them to stay positive and play like we know they can, leading to a lot of pressure on the Blackbrook line before half time. Sadly, we couldn't force ourselves over the line before the break.

At half time, we discussed some key points that we wanted the team to focus on in the second half.

They came out a different team with a lot stronger defence going toe to toe with a team that will overrun a lot of teams this season as games go to the later stages.

We broke through twice with great efforts from Leo and Finley, which were successfully converted, meaning we actually won the second half 12 10, which is a great turnaround from the kids. Well done, everyone!

Players of the match

Coaches - Jayden for a great defensive display and putting in a lot of effort moving the ball around the pitch

Opposition - Harry H for a brave display in attack and defence, making some good yards up the pitch with his strong carries
Sunday, 2 April 20239'sSalford City RoostersAway9-9St Judes played away for our very first trip to Salford City Roosters in a really competitive friendly fixture on a sunny but mild Sunday morning.

In this fixture Judes played two 20 minute halves rather than the four 10 minutes the lads are used to. Judes started with the ball from kick off and Luke started strongly laying a platform with solid drives for Joshua Davies to finish off a great set with a darting run to the corner to score. First blood to Judes. St Judes carried the bright start on with strong defence and bundled Salford into touch on their first set. This seemed to wake Salford up as they went on to score a couple of tries without reply. Harrison soon equalised for Judes with a trademark run down the wing for his first of the day. There was some unlucky defence from Judes they were getting up and putting the effort in, but just couldn't keep Salford out who went on to score repeat tries again. Judes didn't drop their heads there was brilliant passing and link up play by Kai and Charlie A, getting the ball out to Joshua who was unlucky to not score because he was just tackled into touch. After some tough tackling from Blake, which is why he deserved top tackler today, he forced a knock on and some quick thinking from Kai who caught Salford napping, Kai broke the line and ran in for his first try. The competitive atmosphere was on show at the end of the first half and this led to a bit of fistie cuffs after Salford scored. A quick shake of hand from both the players and that was the end of the half.

The 2nd half started with some great defence from Judes forcing a turnover after tackling Salford and forcing them in touch, and like the first half Judes opened up scoring with another absolute cracker from Harrison going near enough full length down the wing. Judes was next to score again, like the first try of the half, the 2nd came off the back of a strong defence led by Cooper and Carter by putting salford in touch and this time it was Kai to finish off with a try after some great offloads in the build up. A strong running Salford couldn't be kept out as they then scored back to back tries to put the game right in the balance. Judes was next to score as Harrison put us right back in the game after another great run and scoring his 4th try of the game and making the game 9-8 to Salford. Judes was really fired up in the last 5 min and this showed as they forced Salford into touch with rugged, hard defence. Judes knew they needed 1 more try to draw level and step up Oscar who broke the line and showed a clean pair of heels to the Salford defence to equalise for Judes. There wasn't long left now and Salford was closing in on Judes line. Salford went for one last effort to take the lead but some heroic defence from Cooper to put his body on line, against a much bigger lad, then the effort from the rest of the team to push him into touch lead to a massive cheer of encouragement from all the parents. Judes had one last set to score but was unlucky in their effort as they managed to get all the way to Salfords line but just couldn't get over.

The draw was a fair result in the end and every lad should be proud of themselves, that was a really competitive game of rugby.

Try Scorers:
Harrison: 4
Kai: 2
Joshua D: 2
Oscar: 1

Coaches: Cooper
Parents: Kai
Top Tackler: Blake
Opposition: Harrison
Most Improved: Luke
Sunday, 2 April 202315'sPilkington RecsAway21-8Today we took on pilks away at their place.

We started the game of very strongly and after some great attacking drives up the field. Jack Wright skips through a couple of defenders 30 yards out from the line gets to the fullback and sets up Ty Roberts who was backing him up with some great support play to cross over the whitewash. Aaron Briggs converts 0-6.
Pilks restart the game and after some strong defence from our lads on there own try line, we won the ball back and kept our momentum rolling and end up scoring again through Jack Wright 0-10.
The game quietened down a bit then for the next 5-10 mins both teams were in an arm wrestle. Punches round the rook and strong carries saw us in pilks half, Briggys spins the ball out from dummy half to Ty Roberts who throws a cut out pass to Kian Hare who crossed over the line for our 3 of the game 0-14.
Pilks then get one back through a kick from a scrum they regathered the ball and ended up scoring. Meaning we went into half time 4-14 up.
Second half begins and pilks get the first try making it 8-14. A tough battle in the middle of the park saw us attacking and defending really well. But it was us who scored next as Jack Wright carries the ball to the line dummies passed a defender (who’s still in the local Tesco) goes to the fullback and yet again Ty Roberts is backing him up there for the offload. Great play from jack and great support play Ty 8-20 with 8 mins left to go.
We then rolled up the field through our forwards who all had great games. Really set the platform for our lads to play today. Briggys then receives the ball and pops over a 1 pointer to take us 13 in front with not long left to go8-21.
The lads then made it difficult for themselves giving away cheap penalties after penalties. But they kept pilks out with ruthless defence, defending 3 sets of 6 on there line.
Man of the match was Ty Roberts. Really controlled the game today solid in both attack and defence.
Honourable mentions to Mason Cotton, Aj A’Hearne, Aaron Briggs, Jack Wright, Eddie Hatton.
Big shoutout to the lads making their debuts today Mason Cotton, Kayden Corbett, Layton Rasburn great game fellas glad to see you all enjoyed it as well.
Sunday, 2 April 202314's - GoldsOldham st Anne’s blacksAway26-30What a game it was today our attack was awesome today but our defence showed us we need to work a bit harder especially when you have a pack that was all 6ft plus running at you for 50 mins

It was literally try for try all the way through the game with oldhams big lads getting them up the pitch and our lads letting the ball do the work scoring some awesome try’s

Opposition mom was deacon charnock who was on fire in defence and attack

Coaches mom was Nashe mudzingwa who was also on fire today
He scored a hattrick and converted 1 of them
He made some great tackles at fullback which saved a few more try’s

Special mention to 1 of our new players Callum who also made a great try saving tackle

Non of us deserved to lose today in what was a great game of rugby league
but Oldham scored to take the win in the final play of the game

Try scorers
Nashe mudzingwa 3
Will birkett 1
Izaak duell 1
Nashe mudzingwa 1
Bradley banks 2
Sunday, 2 April 202318'sHalton Farnworth HornetsAway28-16Our game this week was away at Halton Farnworth Hornets. The game started with a ripped ball and Judes on defence, luckily Halton fluff the final pass on the wing and don’t capitalise. Judes immediately switch defence into attack and our Captain Calum stood up and once again showed great strength to break the defence and chalked up our first try of the game. Halton kick on the last play and what looked to be a terrible kick, forced Judes to boot out and force a drop out. A big smash by Sam on the oncoming Hornets attacker, was great contact, but the player dropped it and we were penalised for pulling the ball out. From the resulting penalty Hornets showed quick hands and wipped the ball out to the wing to score and we were back level. The next period saw a few errors and Judes bombing their chance of adding any extras, although superb defence as Hornets are held up over the line and the next play is snuffed out by Walshy with a great one on one tackle. Judes batter the opposition end and Brogan is over, looking like he’d scored, but the ref ruled held up, from the next play Roman rocketed the ball in the air and Calum chased, not quite sure what happened, but the ball seemed to land and get stuck in the ground and Calum fell simultaneously on it, with us all stood there with gaping mouths, the ref awarded our 4 pointer, which was converted into 6 by Roman. Halton restart and Rohan produces the turning point of the game, with a scoot from dummy half and completely ripped the defence apart weaving in and out, they couldn’t bring him down and he records a great solo effort, converted by Calum, ending the half with a decent lead 16-4.

We started the second half as we ended the first with a strong run from Brogan who put his head down and knocked off defender after defender to pounce over in the corner giving us a more comfortable lead. Again Halton counter attack, they dive over in the corner, thankfully they tip toed into touch and the try is chalked off. Judes chip over the next set and its chased by Frosty, who hacks at it and is pulled back, winning us a scrum close to the line, 4 players try to go over in the same spot, then the ref pulled us for being offside and we bomb our chance. We start to relinquish our lead as Halton push for the line and Judes did the tough stuff to halt his run, but somehow he breaks free and falls over the line and after a conversion it’s now 20-10. Judes restart and Hornets commit the mortal sin of the letting the ball bounce, Sam was switched on and was first to the ball. This got us close to the sticks and an offside call goes in our favour and we choose to take the 2 in-front of the sticks. Again Halton come at us and from a 6 again and penalty for gobbing off, they steam onto a ball and suddenly the game is back in the balance 22-16. Judes were struggling slightly with energy, so game management was really important to see out the game. Judes got close enough to put in a 5th tackle grubber and Hornets were caught in their in-goal for a drop out, eating up the clock and forcing Halton to defend. Brogan found a final burst of energy to set the platform with a cross-field dart and after a couple of drives to the sticks, Rohan produced one of his cheeky darts for the line and just like the red sea, the defence parted for him to score, converted by Oliver, saw the game in the bag at 28-16.

Today was an odd game with our squad being a little too quiet for such tough opponents. We did it tough today, but it proved what amazing character we have, pulling it out the bag when we need to. Rohan was the Man of the Match, his try in the first half was the turning point of the game. He’s so elusive and brilliant at exploiting a gap and hard to stop once he breaks through.
Sunday, 2 April 20238'sBurtonWood RoversAwayN/ATackles- Christian brilliant
Bobby, Oliver, Henry loads of yards made on the field from running forward and straight into the players on the defensive line. Bobby running really hard and going straight in. Joseph running hard and making lots of yards on the field along with Theo and Christian. Lucas does some Some great offloads and throws a fantastic dummy enabling him to gain more yards and helping the boys get a try from a great offload. Zachary comes on the field for the second quarter and he makes some good runs and gets some good offloads from the team resulting in him just getting us right near the try line but the Rovers keep us out this time.

Theo makes some great yards on the field. Oliver’s run and he goes over in true Oliver style down the side and in the corner. The boys are tired but they keep their heads up and keep going. They keep their defensive line strong and keep pushing and pushing.

The offloads the boys are able to do now is fantastic and this enables Bobby to barge straight through the defensive line and go over several times in the game 5 to be exact! What a lad!

Oliver gets the ball again and goes backwards and forwards and side to side but then he sees the gap and off her goes again.

The boys do great in attack and manage to run and make lots of room on the field helping the boys going over the line to score the tries.

We had a few injuries this game which made it hard as we had only one sun but we all worked together and kept the game going. It was fats game of Rugby League.

Christian x4
Bobby x5
Oliver x3

Joseph top tackler
Oliver Scott - Top tackler and parents
Bobby - opposition
Sunday, 2 April 20237'sHindleyHome0-0WSJ U7's this week played a spirited Hindley team who had lots to offer in attack and defence in two very competitive matches.

In game 1 WSJ scored some great team tries and some really tough defense. Tries in that game coming from Cooper W, Charlie P, Zac S, Teddie R, Thomas W and a great first try for WSJ from Liam F.

Opposition player of the match going to Thomas ward and coaches awards for Teddie R and Charlie P.

In game 2 WSJ were able to show off some of the things they have been practicing in training and with superb team defence too.

Try scorers in that game coming from Owen F, Thomas S, Archie B, Harry G and Jack H plus Luis C, Teddy T and Bobby K all showing great skill to also score their first tries for WSJ.

Opposition player of the match was Archie B and Coaches awards going to Oliver S and Christopher B.

Superb effort from all of the boys in both games...well done and keep up the hard work!!

Enjoy your Easter and see you all soon!!


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