Report courtesy of Warrington RUFC:
If Warrington’s junior colts thought that they were in for an easy Lancashire cup game today the Eccles lads were not only dressed to impress, the Trafford Centre’s shop owners must have been delighted with recent sales, they brought a positive attitude and physicality to the game which surprised a ring rusty wire team who probably expected a less feisty encounter from a team two leagues below them in the Raging Bull.
Although the key positive from today’s encounter must be a fourth consecutive game since mid November when Warrington have kept the opposition to ‘Nil Points’ there were too many facets of the game where we under performed today, too many penalties, too many handling errors, and too many poor decisions. It’s a cruel reality for the Wire lads that the higher you set the bar then the higher the expectation – a tough ask for 17 year olds!
The first half was dotted with errors, partly due to Eccles commitment to the breakdown, but also due to a certain lack of rhythm and execution after a long lay off
In the first period Wire took the opposition on up front, won the scrums convincingly but were probably 50/50 at the line out and breakdown.Tries by Christian Tighe and the rumbustious Joel Barker converted by the returning skiing skipper Jake Riley saw wire secure a 14 – 0 halftime lead.
Better things were expected in the second half, but arguably some changes to the playing set up looked laboured and ineffective and the team took time to readjust. Eccles continued to offer stiff resistance particularly from young Lenny & Evan who resembled Tutenkamun lookalikes after receiving treatment!
Pete Edwards got the score board ticking with a typically strong run followed by Rory Booth bullocking his way to the line. Both Jack Grey & Sam Roberts were denied scores despite crossing the whitewash which caused some interesting touchline debate.
The highlight of the game came deep into the second half when this young side did what they do best – up the tempo, win and play quick ball then run like the wind. Tom ‘woody’ Woodward was the beneficiary of some ACCURATE handling and stretched his legs for a fine try in the left corner.
Respect to he Eccles lads for turning up (others have not) and fronting up – wear your scars with pride gentlemen, a brave and committed performance by you all.