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2nd XV - Match centre

Warrington 2nd XV
Birkenhead Park Wanderers (2nd XV)
Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - Halbro North West Leagues - Division 1 Full time

First Half Park Blitz Proves Too Hot For Warrington

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But superb second half display bodes well for next season

Warrington 2nd XV 19 Birkenhead Park 2nd XV 43

Warrington 2nd team’s hopes of finishing the season on a high were shattered by half time, as they shipped 33 points to runaway league-leaders Birkenhead Park in the first 40 minutes. However, they overcame their shell-shock to score 19 points to Park’s 10 in a tightly contested second period.

The writing seemed already on the wall as the two sides took the field. Warrington’s young side was obviously conceding at least a stone a man up front and it didn’t take the visitors long to exploit their advantage when their pack crashed over within the first five minutes. The try was converted. Relentless pressure on the Warrington line resulted in another try from the Park pack and although Warrington defended bravely, they were unable to stem the tide and a further three tries were conceded so that the sides turned round with Park leading 33-0.

Inspiring words at half time from coach Shaun McDermott and captain Craig Byrne, saw Warrington begin the second half with fire in their bellies. The pack started to punch way above its weight and this eventually created space for elusive winger Max Caldwell to dance his way over. Ben Dixon converted.

After Park kicked a penalty to increase their tally, it was Warrington who struck again when iconic captain Craig Byrne barreled over in the corner from twenty yards. Park came back again with, inevitably, a converted try through their pack. But Warrington had the last word when their own pack was rewarded for its sterling defensive efforts and prop Alex Marland crashed over under the posts after a number of phases. Ben Dixon converted.

“The way our young side knuckled down in the second half was awesome,” enthused captain Craig Byrne. “We didn’t win today against a side which has been outstanding all season. However, we finished third in Sale Sharks Division 1 and, with the experience the lads have gained, we can only get better next season.”

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – March: Minehead Barbarians RFC

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Birkenhead Park Wanderers (2nd XV) 22 83
2. Sandbach 2nd XV 22 78
3. Warrington 2nd XV 22 60
4. Broughton Park 2nd XV 22 56
5. Kirkby Lonsdale 2nd XV 22 55
6. Sedgley Park 3rd XV 22 53
7. Liverpool University Veterinarians 22 52

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