Tameside rugby round up October 11th


A seven try bonanza saw Aldwinians move to fifth place in the league with a 41-5 victory over Cumbrian side St. Benedicts.

Dukinfield narrowly lost to Port Sunlight 22-19 in the Cheshire Division Two. Dan Spiers, Joe Spiers and Carl Dewsbury scored the tries for Dukinfield with Robbie Wilcox scoring two conversions.

Aldwinians Report.
The Aldwinians squad was unchanged from that selected, with Michael Tobin on the wing and Callum McMahon at full back.In the forwards Tris Jackson came into the second row with the versatile Andy Gidman moving into the back row.
A penalty conceded from the kickoff by the home side and an opposition injury disrupted the opening minutes.The game came to life as the ball was passed to Callum McMahon who broke through midfield.With quick ball from the ruck and a left to right movement through the backs St Benedicts defended manfully on their line but couldn't stop captain James Worrall reaching over for the first try on 8 mins.
With the unchanged front row of Chris Stone,Tyler Gibson and Connor Prendergast and the power base second row of Tris Jackson and Alex Mooney behind them,the St Benedicts pack were in trouble.A great drive gave Gidman chance to pick and drive forcing the visitors to concede penalties.Spurning kicks at goal ,an attacking line out took play to the try line and then a scrum option saw the backs attack to the left but get turned over.
It was continuous pressure from a confident Aldwinians and when ,on 24 mins,a power play developed taking play into the Benedicts 22, the pressure was such that the referee awarded a penalty try .Worrall converted for a 12-0 lead.
Briefly, the Cumbrians earned some territory with a deep kick but gradually Aldwinians moved back downfield with some strong drives and penalties.A try beckoned when Andy Ormrod took the ball over the line but the referee adjudged he was held up.An attacking scrum and drive and scrum half Jay Burton revelling in the space nipped over for the try on 34 mins for a half time lead of 17-0.
More of the same as the second half started with back row David Tootill using his pace and strength to shrug of first line of defenders.He would probably have been advised to use his three man overlap then to secure a great team try, but his decision to go for the line was also justified as he reached his goal under the posts ,but had the ball knocked out of his one arm grip as he was going to ground.With the frustration of the bonus point try left in abeyance, Aldwinians then seemed to lose their composure giving territory away and conceding penalties leading to a Benedicts forward drive and a try on 48 mins.With a reduced lead of 17-5 rather than 22-0,the home side responded positively and before long , normal service was resumed.
An ethos of attacking rugby was maintained,again spurning easy penalty kicks at goal for open play.The St Benedicts defence again worked well and held out until the hour mark.The return of Callum McMahon and his pace was welcomed by all and he celebrated with a superb run through the defence for the bonus point try.Maintaining the pressure Worrall went on a run down the left linking with Gidman to set up a ruck.The ball was fed left to Burton who touched down but the last pass was adjudged forward.
Then an attacking scrum had the pack in overdrive pushing over the try line with Prendergast touching down.Worrall converted for a 29-5 lead on 70 mins.The final 10 mins were all action.Callum and Liam McMahon producing some scintillating runs .The next try came from Tootill after a sequence of passes involving back row Matty Ross and the coup de grace delivered by Callum McMahon ,benefitting from another great run and pass by Tootill.

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