Blues close out in try-fest fi­nale

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NA­TIONAL LEAGUE 1 RICH­MOND .................... 66 MACCLESFIELD ............ 41

MACCLESFIELD fin­ished the sea­son on Satur­day away at Rich­mond and more than played their part in a game that saw more than 100 points and 16 tries scored.

Hosts Rich­mond got the game off to a fly­ing start as they scored the open­ing try with just four min­utes gone, a li­ne­out deep in Blues ter­ri­tory re­sult­ing in a rolling maul crash­ing over the white wash.

The Blues re­sponded on eight min­utes with a strong show­ing from the li­ne­out of their own, David Mar­wick the man to get him­self over af­ter the maul was stopped just short. Tom Morton added the con­ver­sion to bring the scores level.

On 12 min­utes the home side re-opened their seven-point lead, winger Curtis Free­man pick­ing up pos­ses­sion around the half­way mark and fin­ish­ing out wide with cap­tain Rob Kirby again with the con­ver­sion.

The Blues again pulled Rich­mond back on 15 min­utes, Rho­dri Mayor pro­vid­ing an ex­pert fin­ish out wide, Morton missed the tough con­ver­sion, mak­ing the score 14-12.

Five min­utes later the hosts again re-es­tab­lished their lead, this time from deep in their own half. Rich­mond ab­sorbed Blues pres­sure and re­leased winger Jor­dan Burns whose elec­tric pace saw him un­der the posts.

On 25 min­utes The Blues again had Rich­mond within their sights. A fan­tas­tic chip through from fly-half Tom Eaton was col­lect by Morton who ran in to fin­ish and con­vert, 21-19.

The Blues again failed to keep Rich­mond out af­ter get­ting back within touch­ing dis­tance as a penalty was given away and a rolling maul again charged over the line to open a nine point lead once again.

The vis­i­tors re­sponded again, this time through Josh Fowles. The winger picked up the ball from a Jor­dan Brookes off­load but it was truly a team try as The Blues kept the ball alive through a num­ber of tack­les which cre­ated the open field for Fowles to fin­ish un­der the posts.

Rich­mond again re­stored their lead just min­utes later af­ter a clever chip and chase was col­lected for the try scored and con­verted by Kirby, 35-26.

Eaton kicked a penalty late in the first half to leave the score 35-29 at the half time whis­tle.

Rich­mond again started the quicker of the two sides, with three tries be­fore the 50 minute mark, Burns scor­ing two of them to se­cure his hat­trick, 52-29.

Franky Barker pulled one back for The Blues, good work from the back en­sured that Barker could touch down and Eaton con­verted.

The Blues mo­men­tum was short lived how­ever, as on 60 min­utes Chris Jones in his last match for Macc was sent to the bin and the hosts took full ad­van­tage as they once again drove over the line from a maul.

Eaton was then sent to the sin bin on 68 min­utes, and Rich­mond again took full ad­van­tage as the num­ber 8 Chris Davies crashed over from close range.

With the full 15 back on the field Macc got a late con­so­la­tion score through flanker Phil Wil­liams which left the fi­nal score, 66-41.

●● Blues cap­tain Mike Fin­nemore with mas­cot Tom Bri­er­ley of the un­der 9s at the re­cent home game against Cin­der­ford

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