Senior Colts Lancs Cup - Warrington 22-5 Liverpoll Collegiate
Senior Colts ease into the Semi Finals of the Lancashire Cup
Wire Lancashire Cup holders for the last two seasons were handed a home quarter final against Liverpool Collegiate. Wire have had the upper hand on in games for the last couple of seasons have come out on top in every game , most notable two wins in two finals.
However Collegiate have always been very spirited and competitive in every game. So no room for compliancy and turning up with right attitude and game head on was all important.
Wire received the kick off then went through the plays retaining the ball with ease for 10 minutes, even though comfortable Collegiate through in numbers in at every breakdown making a very physical challenge for the forwards.
Couple of breakouts from George and Joe ensured Wire played just in Collegiate half and were never under any real pressure. Big one on one hit from Jake tested his shoulder out and ensured the winger was not going to attempt to run through the Wires forwards again.
From a scrum in the middle of the pitch, quick ball saw Tomas who had been invited to play at 9 for the day receive a further open invite to run at Collegiate midfield , many thanks, 5-0 extras good conversion by Alex into deceptive strong wind from the left touchline 7-0.
Unfortunately Wire did not continue building on the solid start, with another first for the Senior Colts. It is very difficult within the complicated laws of the game to get Sir to show you a yellow card when you have the ball in your hand from a tap penalty … we managed it !!
Down to 14 , Wire still attacked and old white fever reappeared lots of possession on the line with no reward. Few backs moves broke down with loose ball all bit rusty and indicating we need to train as a team at least once a week.
Few injuries and with Sir taking time to offer guidance to Collegiate chatty players , coaches and spectators the game petered out to 7-0 half time score which was more pleasing for the visitors as they had not been in it at all.
Wire needed to get early reward for dominant possession and field position, all out for an early score.
Wire moved the ball up field via the boot , quick line speed and good technique saw Harry over the ball earning a penalty. Quick tap , good line at power and pace from Jake saw him take two players over with him for a well-deserved score near the sticks, converted 14-0.
Wire now comfortable then fell to bits, historically Wire have kicked on in a purple patch to close games out early, of late the developing trend has been to sit back and invite the opposition to play. We must wise up and manage our game plan better.
In the scrum our ball started popping out for Collegiate, line outs started to misfire all allowing the opposition to get on the front foot. Then when Wire had the ball lack of concentration saw the ball spilled and a very rare occurrence of a missed touch. All adding up to put Wire under unexpected pressure eventually Collegiate worked a drive over score on the far right, not converted 14-5.
Good wakeup call behind the sticks , Wire eventually responded and started to play with bit more control to start to close out the game. Good penalty by Alex to run the clock down 17-5.
Then some very powerful forward play from Drew and Ollie dragged players in, direct drive from Reece saw him held just short but created the numbers out left, through the hands for Hew to go over, unconverted score for final score 22-5.
If the opposition played with bit more variation and discipline sure it would have been a closer result.
Strange game today form Wire bit rusty at times, but enough quality at times across the team in skill set, structure and organisation to get a comfortable result.
We need to work on completing the key basics at key periods during the game not making multiply back to back errors. A simple loose ball at a line out should not allow opposition to move 60 yards up the pitch unopposed. We are good enough to cover both attacking and defensive plays at set pieces.
Thanks to Liverpool Collegiate for the game and travelling again, think we have one final league game at yours to look forward to.