A con­fi­dence-booster and a bonus tri­umph too for Fir­wood Water­loo

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Fir­wood Water­loo 39

Dou­glas 23 THIS was just the tonic at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son that Fir­wood Water­loo were look­ing for, a bonus try 39-23 win at home to Isle of Man side Dou­glas.

“Af­ter last week’s nar­row de­feat we knew we had to come up with the ‘goods’ this week­end,” con­fessed a very re­lieved di­rec­tor of rugby, Steve Wood.

“We were ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed with last week’s re­sult so in a sense the pres­sure was on.

“How­ever, the boys rose to the oc­ca­sion with a to­tal of six tries, re­ally show­ing that we are ca­pa­ble of play­ing en­ter­tain­ing and win­ning rugby.”

A penalty from Tom Booth set the score­board tick­ing be­fore some great phase play cre­ated the space for Tom Lavelle to go over for a try in the cor­ner.

A catch and drive fol­lowed by some force­ful maul­ing work brought up the sec­ond five-poin­ter, Wil­ber Har­ris claim­ing the hon­ours, Booth slot­ting over the con­ver­sion.

Dou­glas now came into the en­counter with a penalty and a con­verted try to close the half with the home side up by four points 15-11.

In the sec­ond half Ja­cob Allen took his op­po­site num­ber on the out­side and used his speed to coast in under the posts, Allen again on tar­get with the con­ver­sion.

With a Dou­glas player re­ceiv­ing a red card, Fir­wood Water­loo took full ad­van­tage with solid driv­ing play by the pack cre­at­ing the op­por­tu­nity for James Mas­ters to cross for the bonus score.

Slick in­ter­play between Mas­ters and Lavelle opened up space for Allen to cross for his sec­ond five-poin­ter, Booth again adding the ex­tras be­fore Scott Rob­son brought up the sixth try for the Merseysiders from a catch and drive.

Un­for­tu­nately with two Fir­wood Water­loo play­ers yel­low-carded Dou­glas were given the chance to gain some re­spectabil­ity on the score­board and needed no sec­ond in­vi­ta­tion as they ran in two late tries and a con­ver­sion.

Con­tin­ued Wood: “This win has done a lot to boost con­fi­dence, but it is early days and we must keep our feet firmly on the ground and make cer­tain we can keep 15 play­ers on the pitch for a full 80 min­utes.

“As it was, we were by then well ahead but in games to come it could mean the dif­fer­ence between win­ning and los­ing.

“I thought we played some very good rugby es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half and scored some ex­cel­lent tries.

“Al­though I think we all re­alise that de­spite the score and the tries the hard work re­ally be­gins as we have to back this up week in, week out.”

This Satur­day, Fir­wood Water­loo travel to Wilm­slow (kick-off 3pm).

Ob­served Wood: “This is go­ing to be a tough fix­ture but if we can play with the con­fi­dence gained from today’s game we will be in with a good chance.”

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