Match Reports - 4th & 5th May 2019

06 May 2019 in Club News

Match Reports - 4th & 5th May 2019 Match Reports - 4th & 5th May 2019

Wigan St Judes ARLFC – Match Reports
1st Team Saturday, 4 May 2019
The maroon and gold machine rolls on with a 41-30 win at the Meadow against Crosfields in the NCL Div 2 game. A 16 minute spell in the first half when Darryl King, Gav Rodden, Lewis Melling and Aaron Smith crossed the whitewash, King converted 3 was the foundation for this patchy performance by Jude’s as a stubborn Crosfields never went away with Jude’s indiscipline on show with a 13-5 Penalty Count Against and 2 sin bins which gave the visitors some momentum. St Jude’s pack of Tom Owen, Aaron Smith, Josh Hill, Gav Rodden and Paul Pendlebury were always busy dominating the middles. Darryl King and Rob Fenney were a good link to Connor Parkinson and Joey Brady and Baz Rothwell took both Man of the Match awards,NCL and Sponsors with a solid all round display. Further second half tries from Gav Rodden, who took a beautiful slip pass from Aaron Smith on his own 20 meters line, Dec Parkinson and a 60 metre dash from Paul Pendlebury sealed this good win. In the final minute Rob Fenney slotted over a drop goal and a Darryl King Penalty right on time made it 5 games without loss.
A Team Saturday, 4 May 2019
Leigh MinersHome38-22
St Judes NWML were unfortunate 38-22 losers to local rivals Leigh Miners in an entertaining division 2 clash at Parsons Meadows.
St Judes were always in this game and at times played some very impressive rugby with an array of under 18’s players that included Deacon Ashcroft, Brad Ryder, Owen Birch, and Kian Lawton, who all went well.
Defensive mistakes eventually led to St Judes undoing although there were plenty of positives to take forward into the season.
Trie scorers for St Judes were Nathan Moore, Jack Mills, Liam Foster, & Reece Matthews.
Young Halfback Jack Mills was in outstanding form and was deservedly given the man of the Match award. 80 minute front rower Nathan Moore, Brad Ryder, and the returning Dave Carney also enjoyed stand out games
Masters Saturday, 4 May 2019
Under 18’s Sunday, May 5, 2019
Under 16’s Sunday, May 5, 2019
First half started a little slow, but Judes had improved their line speed and tenacity. Unfortunately after a couple of mistakes, Leyland managed to creep to 10 points without reply. This galvanised Judes and they didn't look back for the rest of the half. A try from Declan from close range got Judes on the board. Then pretty much next set a great exit from Liam, TJ and Callum saw Sam with space to set up Dylan Foster to go in on the left. And right on the stroke of half time Logan found space to weave over.
Great first half performance. HT 16-10
Second half started well as Judes completed and got to the kick. But from there Leyland seemed to get a forward roll on and then went over at ease. From then Judes seemed to wake up and caused errors by good defence. But Judes pushed too high up the field leaving space for a little chip over and Leyland finished with a try. A great first half performance from Judes, just need to put a full game together. Massive improvements on last week.
Tries - Declan Gregory, Logan Walls, Dylan Foster.
Conversions - Leon Trafford 2

Awards - MOM - Kian Dainty
Under 15 Sunday, May 5, 2019
Halton Farnworth HornetsAway18-0
Always a tough match when we visit Halton Farnworth Hornets and today was no exception, with the rain also affecting the game. Judes made the dream start though after gaining a penalty deep in Halton’s half, Harvey Makin stepped up and did what he does best, head down, run and crash over the line.

Both teams went toe to toe down the middle today and didn’t hold back with the hits they were putting in. What we did well today is keep our composure and if we did get pulled for a penalty, we didn’t get frustrated, we simply played our hearts out to get the ball back. Callum put in a booming kick on a last play and Halton couldn’t control the ball, so again we were attacking their line. A few good drives from our forwards, who were winning the battle today and Eliot Peposhi plays the ball from dummy and was strong enough to dive over and score his first. Judes were playing well and were building in this game, but firstly an injury to our big second rower Reece, forced him out of the rest of the game and then Connor on our wing, put in an immaculate try saving tackle, unfortunately he was seeing stars and was also forced to spend the rest of the game on the side-lines. Our troupes rallied round though and we had to quickly re-group to see out the first half.

We would have to do it tough in the second half, with only 1 player left on the bench and a few switches in position. Judes didn’t disappoint though and they still showed dominance in the game, which proves what an amazing squad we have. Judes were patient, stuck to their structures and were massive in defence, grinding out their sets. A good run from Harvey and then Ryan, got us inches from the line and Eliot Peposhi who was covering hooker today, went stealth mode under the defence and grounded the ball to rack up his brace of tries. Callum Silcock converted, who was 100% with the boot today and put us 18-0 up. Halton put a kick in on their last tackle, fortunately for us it runs dead and gifts us the 7 tackles, strong running again from our middles gains us good territory and a great offload to Reagan sees him set off down the side-line, it looked like a certain 4 pointer, but the Halton player came flying across and stopped him just feet from the line, unlucky lad!

The lads really did put their bodies on the line today, with players off both teams going down like nine pins! It shows how brutal this game really is, think there will be lots of sore bodies tomorrow! Super impressed with our performance today, the coaches were really proud of the way the players looked after each other in that game and played as a unit. We lost a few players along the way, but what a strong, rugged, determined and disciplined performance they all gave. Beating our nemesis and keeping them scoreless is an immense and satisfying achievement. Well Done Boys!

Today’s man of the match chosen by Halton, went to Harvey Makin, who battled hard, scoring the first try and just got his head down and worked tirelessly all game.
Under 14’s Sunday, May 5, 2019
Halton Farnworth HornetsHome16-12
Judes worked hard for the win against a decent Halton side, coming out on top 16-12. A frustrating morning with some baffling officiating by the man in the middle, at one point chalking off a conversion that clearly went over the posts. Judes’ lads were a credit to themselves, their families and their club in a game that could have boiled over with the majority of 50/50 decisions going against them.

Tries coming from:

Danny Frost 1
Daniel Walsh 1
Tom Ratchford 1

Tom Ratchford adding 2 conversions (1 remarkably chalked off)

Man of the match

1. Jack Gallagher
2. Clayton McPherson
3. Hayden Park 


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