Tameside Rugby round up January 31st



                                                                                                                                            Wigan  11  Aldwinians  5

Both teams tested each other out under with the high ball interspersed with line outs.

The game was stop start as the referee imposed his presence. Then dominant push in the scrum mid way in Wigans half won the ball for Aldwinians against the head, and direct running and accurate passing saw Richard Mooney run into space and release Liam McMahon on 14 mins to race to the line down the left and open the scoring , Wigan then started to gain territory with some fine handling in their backs leading to a forward drive to the Aldwinians
 line. Wigan were given many opportunities to steal the ball and counter attack , forcing Aldwinians intomaking mistakes. These became costly as first right wing Stephen Marrow was yellow carded on 31 mins and then back row brother Daniel Marrow followed suit on 35 mins reducing Aldwinians to 13 players for six minutes. Wigan thenscored 3 points from a penalty in between leaving a half time scoreline of 3-5.

Aldwinians made a good start to the second half forcing Wigan back onto their own line but the Aldwinians backs were unable to convert the opportunities into  scoring situation. The Wigan backs equally couldn't convert their chances as the game reached the 60 minute mark. Then in the 69th minute against the run of play Wigan found some space and with the help of some poor tackling, scored a try. They failed to convert the try  which kept aldwinians in the game kept 8-5. However, there was no late surge to save the game and a penalty was awarded to Wigan a minute from the end, which wigan scored to seal the victory


Port Sunlight 19 Dukinfield 20
                                                                                                                          Dukinfield travelled to the Wirral to try and extend their recent good run.  With an icy wind at their backs they were on the hunt for the first score, securing a scrum 7 metres out, the Spiers bothers and the forward pack the demonstrated how to score a push over try, Dan won the put in and Joe picking up as the ball crossed the line.
Port sunlight then got themselves together and were awarded a penalty but the wind got the upper hand. Howver after a period of pressure Port sunlight soon crossed the line for a try. An excellent kick then saw the conversion go over making it 7 – 5.
As the first quarter came to a close, the wind was again having an effect. Dukinfield continued to push, but  as they looked to be closing in for a 3rd score an intercepted pass saw the Port Sunlight awarded a penalty 5 meters out. A quick tap saw the Number 8 repeat his earlier feat, as did the Fly Half with his bootmaking the score  14 – 10 at the interval.

For the first 10 minutes of the second half Dukinfield had the upper hand with Joe Spiers picking up the ball round the side of the scrum, then shaking off a tackle for his second try to take the score  14 – 15. Soon after Port Sunlight won a penalty on the 10 meter line, and then bundled the ball over the line in a heap of bodies to touch down for a try to make the score 19 - 14. Despite the conditions Dukinfield kept up the pressure and in the final minutes were rewarded with the winning score. Lewis Fitton touching down for Dukinfield, as both packs went over the line. The victory takes Dukinfield to fourth position in the table.

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