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