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2nd XV - Match centre

Penrith A XV
Warrington 2nd XV
Sat 3 Nov 14:15 - Halbro North West Leagues - Division 1 Full time

Penrith 2nd XV 29 – 14 Warrington 2nd XV


Bare 15 players + Longest away journey + Awful conditions = Tough Day

Penrith 2nd XV 29 – 14 Warrington 2nd XV

This was on paper, a game that 3rd place Warrington taking on 3rd bottom Penrith would have hoped to have gone and won; as is often the case though, the usual issue of getting a squad to travel (a huge amount of respect goes to the 15 Warrington players who made the two hour journey up to the Lakes), Warrington had their work cut out from the off. With one player on debut and another an 11th hour ‘mate’ brought in to make up the numbers, Warrington were further up against it when the debutant, Tom Heaps, was told before kick off that he’d be the only line out jumper in what was not only his first time in that role, but his first game of rugby union in 4 years.

Warrington however started the game on the front foot when a Craig Byrne break got the ball out to left-winger Theo Holt who kicked though for Oli Hudson to dab down and Ben Dixon added the extras. The rest of the first half was a much more difficult affair with Warrington playing against the driving wind and rain in what was by and large an error strewn half of rugby. Penrith got on the scoreboard mid way through the half and again shortly after that when what seemed a very quickly taken tap was allowed to be taken allowing an unopposed run to the line, whilst Warrington were still looking for direction from the official as to the reason for the stoppage. 12-7 HT.

With the 2nd half wind behind them Warrington, and their hugely dominant pack, tried to build on their impressive scrum to take the game to Penrith. However a score against the run of play, saw Penrith extend their lead to 17-7. Warrington spent much of the next 20 minutes on top, but were repeatedly undone by a number of errors and the wet ball not helping the cause when they did try to play running rugby. With Penrith attacking the Warrington 22, Ben Dixon made an excellent interception to run 70 yards before offloading to the supporting Mark Tickle to score and make the game a very close 17-14 heading into the final 15 minutes. As Warrington needed their walking wounded to stick out a full 80 minutes, Penrith were able to go to the luxury of a full subs bench to freshen their charges and two quick Penrith tries then effectively put an end to the Warrington resurgence. Even with the promise of beers on Captain Byrne if they won, Warrington could not pull anything more from their gallant 15 to end the game 29-14.

Captain Craig Byrne who himself made a longer journey to make the game from Scotland said, “I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the players who made the effort to make the journey. Every one of the boys gave 100% and hung on in there even when they’d picked up a knock or two”. With a rare home game next up against Fylde, Craig also added that, “Selection will be based heavily on those who made the effort to travel and also attendance at training”.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – February: Henley Hawks RFC

Team selection

Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.

League round up

Other Division 1 results

Broughton Park 2nd XV
Liverpool University Veterinarians
Fylde Saracens (3rd XV)
Glossop 2nd XV
Sedgley Park 3rd XV
Kirkby Lonsdale 2nd XV


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Birkenhead Park Wanderers (2nd XV) 21 79
2. Sandbach 2nd XV 21 74
3. Warrington 2nd XV 21 59
4. Broughton Park 2nd XV 21 55
5. Kirkby Lonsdale 2nd XV 21 54
6. Sedgley Park 3rd XV 21 51
7. Liverpool University Veterinarians 21 48

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