U15’s take on Colne and Manchester in friendlies

Teams from Manchester RFC and Colne RUFC made the trip over to God’s little acre to take part in a three-way friendly fixture. The sun didn’t make an appearance but neither did the rain; the pitch was a little boggy and the lads were looking to close out the half term break from school in style.

Manchester v Colne

The first of the three games was a closely fought affair between our two visiting sides with Manchester proving to be just too well drilled for Colne to cope with. Manchester going on to secure the win with three well earned tries.

Full Time – Manchester 17 – 0 Colne

In the second fixture Eccles faced Colne who had just been given the run around by a very talented Manchester side so the spirits of the Eccles lads was high. Unfortunately some of the Eccles lads still had their holiday heads on and despite tries from Brad P & Ed H, Eccles would ultimately miss out by four points.

Eccles v Colne

Eccles first try was an opportunistic effort from Brad P who intercepted a lose pass deep inside his own half. He collected the ball and ran pretty much the full length of the pitch before leaving Harry C a more difficult kick than he had deserved. “Under the posts” was the ignored cry from the touchline. The plight of Harry wasn’t helped by the lack of a kicking tee

5 – 0 – Brad P

Colne rallied and scored two very good tries, using their strength to force the ball over the Eccles line on both occasions in kickable positions.

5 – 14

A typically powerful busting run from Ed H secured a second try for Eccles, this time right in the corner.

10 – 14 – Ed H

Eccles looked strong at this point and were pressing Colne back at pace however it proved to be too little too late as the toot from the whistle of Chris signalled full time.

Full Time – Eccles 10 – 14 Colne

Eccles v Manchester

Eccles faced Manchester in their second game and although the Eccles lads failed to impose themselves on the game, didn’t play to their true abilities and lacked the pace and power that has held them in good stead all season, the better side on the day won and deservedly so. Manchester were just the better side and the scoreline reflected this.

In the words of Paul Weller

Thought you were smart when you took them on,
But you didn’t take a peep in their artillery room
All that rugby puts hairs on your chest
What chance have you got against a tie and a crest?

Full Time – Eccles 0 – 33 Manchester

Many thanks to the parents and players of Colne and Manchester who made the journey to Eccles to take part in the three-way fixture. Eccles and Colne look to be evenly matched sides, a stat that is born out by both this result and also the result of their last fixture in the Semi-Final of the Blacksticks Vase. Manchester are currently playing at a level which will no doubt be the target for Coaches Kevin & James next season

Eccles U15’s Vital Statistics

Starting IX vs Colne

  1. Josh G – Loose-Head Prop (Captain)
  2. David S – Hooker
  3. Ellis P – Tight-Head Prop
  4. Matt L– Second Row
  5. James W – Second Row
  6. Joe R – Blind-Side Flanker
  7. Chea C– Open-Side Flanker
  8. Oliver W – Number Eight
  9. Dan A – Scrum-Half
  10. Harry C – Fly Half
  11. Rob S– Left Wing
  12. Shea S – Inside Centre
  13. Ed H– Outside Centre
  14. Jack W – Right Wing
  15. Brad P – Full-Back

Replacements – Cameron B, James F

Starting IX vs Manchester

  1. Ellis P – Loose Head Prop
  2. David S – Hooker
  3. Matt L – Tight-Head Prop
  4. James F– Second Row
  5. James W – Second Row
  6. Joe R – Blind-Side Flanker (Captain)
  7. Chea C– Open-Side Flanker
  8. Oliver W – Number Eight
  9. Dan A – Scrum-Half
  10. Harry C – Fly Half
  11. Rob S– Left Wing
  12. Shea S – Inside Centre
  13. Ed H– Outside Centre
  14. Cameron B – Right Wing
  15. Brad P – Full-Back

Replacements – Jack W, Josh the lips G

Eccles Men of the Match’s

  • Players Choice – Ellis P
  • Coach Choice – Harry C
  • Parents Choice – Brad P & David S tied

Notable Mentions

Once again Chris’tle stepped up to the plate to officiate todays game with Coach James and John Williams vying for ownership of the coveted linesman flag.

The ever reliable Max R came along to act as chief cheerleader for the boys while he waits for his his collarbone to heal.

Cameron B took a big hit from the shoulder of one of the Manchester lads. Hoping you are still in good shape and on the way to recovery. Gum shields are available from £3.99!!

What the heck was that noise Diesel was making, and why was it directed at me?

Martin Thornton and his salopettes

It was great to see Christopher Biggins on the touchline today – yet another celebrity visiting Eccles RFC

Naughty Step

We definitely need to buy a couple of kicking tee’s. Harry H struggled on both occasions, once from his hands and once from a drill cone.

A couple of slide tackles that Gary Neville would have been proud of from Rob S together with a trip that Zola Bud would approve of from Joe R who also took time out to show off the quality of his Mulberry hand luggage during the game against Manchester

And Finally

Our next fixture is a Blacksticks Plate Quarter-Final at home to Ormskirk RFC who we held to a 12 – 12 draw earlier this year