Burnage 38 -57 Firwood Waterloo
a 500 word match report on this relegation battle would just about be enough to
cover the first half an hour. With only two points separating the two sides
ahead of the game, and a place outside the relegation zone at stake, a rather
tense atmosphere was in the air in amidst a spring hailstorm at Burnage Rugby
kicked this relegation battle off, which followed with the first five minutes consisting
of many errors, with both teams finding it difficult to settle into the game.
Waterloo on their first dangerous attack capitalised when their tight-head prop
crashed over the line, along with two Burnage players for a converted try.
wasn’t long later that the visitors increased their lead. A fine ball in hand
move from their backline saw the ball switched to the right, where their winger
was on hand to somehow squeeze the ball in the corner to score.
had yet to be tested in defence but when a lapse in concentration gifted
Burnage the ball inside the 22, the home side kicked into life. A surging carry
from Freddie Wilson took Burn into an excellent position before Stu Oldham
weaved his way expertly to the line to score. Rhys Evans successfully added the
started rather hesitantly, Burnage had been given a momentum boost from the
try. They were awarded a penalty, which they took quickly, after Freddie Wilson
once again stormed through the defensive line. The ball was switched out to the
right and with a three man overlap allowed James Clark to score, with Rhys
Evans once again scoring the conversion.
turnaround was complete less than five minutes later when Burnage scored their third
try in as many minutes. Once again a gap in the Waterloo defence was taken advantage
off by Stu Oldham who was brought down 5m short, however Joe Wrigley was in
close support to pick up and score a converted try, 21-12.
neutrals in attendance would have loved the explosive start, although for both
sets of supporters, they had just experienced their turns on the rollercoaster
of rugby emotions. Waterloo reduced the deficit to four points on the half hour
mark when their left winger proved he had too much pace to handle, running
clear to score.
game was turning into something quite remarkable and just as you thought you
had finished recording one try, another was scored. With Burnage living
dangerously, and a penalty advantage pending, Waterloo took full advantage to
secure their try bonus point. Waterloo’s lock was on hand to take in the
offload and simply fall over the line to put his side back in front, having
played thirty-three minutes.
the air still bitterly cold, the number of handling errors were starting to
amount. Waterloo scored their fifth of the half, when their left winger crossed
for his second of the game, bringing to an end a half of quite astonishing but
Half Time: Burnage 21-29 Firwood
terms of entertainment wise, the second half had a lot to live up to. Both
teams would agree due to their league positions that they wouldn’t care how the
second half unfolded as long as they ended up with the win. For Burn a big response
was needed, however they ended up getting off to the worst possible start.
many of the supporters still in the clubhouse, this try was missed by the many
in attendance. Nevertheless Waterloo’s scrum half was there to score within the
opening minutes, a real blow for the hosts.
again Waterloo broke down the left hand side and when the ball was passed
outside to their winger metres out, it looked inevitable that he wouldn’t
increase their fifteen point lead. However the ball was fumbled forwards, denying
himself a hat trick.
was short lived as their lead was increased a few minutes later when Waterloo
crossed for the seventh time. This time the try came a bit too easily when
their flanker, who had been one of their standout performers, used a dummy
runner on his outside to score. The conversion was scored, Waterloo led 21-43.
the point’s difference, the game felt a lot closer. The introduction of Ben
Bodinham caused Waterloo’s defence immediate problems, as the winger made his
mark almost immediately, finishing off a fantastic team move. The move started
on the half way line and after a series of passes, the winger found himself
fending off an attempted tackle to score Burn’s best try of the game, the
conversion successful. Try number eleven.
minutes later and Burnage were in once again- scoring their fifth of the game. Another
substitute, this time Jamie Redmond crossed the line following an excellent line
which was too good for Waterloo’s defence to resist. Once again Rhys added the
extras, reducing the difference to ten.
continued striving forward, playing at times very applaudable rugby, and widened
their lead with ten minutes remaining. This time their number 8 finished off a
forwards move and with the extras, made the scores 33-50 in favour of the
a comeback was looking increasingly unlikely, Burnage never gave up. From a
scrum just outside the 22, Burnage’s backs switched the ball from left to right
superbly where Josh Miller was to score in the corner, finishing off another
smooth-running move. Try number fourteen!
Waterloo converted their ninth try of the game two minutes remaining, the
reality of the result started to kick in for the two sides. Waterloo’s second
half substitute finished off a fine solo try after his sidestep gave him a free
yard of space to sprint clear, totalling the visitors tally to fifty-seven.
final whistle was marked with a mixture of jubilant and very much relieved
celebrations from our opponents however for ourselves, a real hard defeat to
take as on another day scoring thirty-eight points would be enough for a win. It
was just one of those games that was simply quite remarkable!
this game was between two teams battling relegation, you would be forgiven to
thinking as a neutral you had turned up to a top of the table clash with the
attacking display- having witnessed a total of ninety-five points scored across
fifteen tries! Full
Time: Burnage 38-57 Firwood Waterloo
Author: Thomas Anderson