Wood hails defensive efforts as Waterloo secure victory at Stockport
Stockport 14 Firwood Waterloo 27 FOUR first half tries from Firwood Waterloo helped them to a 27-14 victory over Stockport at The Memorial Ground last Saturday.
Alwyn Watkin Williams began the first half onslaught for the visitors with a try following a pick and drive. his score was also converted.
Firwood Waterloo’s constant pressure paid off as Tai Tupou came from the base of a ruck, broke a tackle and touched over the line to make it 12-0 but this time the conversion attempt was missed.
The visitors took advantage of Stockport conceding a penalty by using the lineout to give Andrew Adams the opportunity to touch down but again the conversion failed to split the uprights.
Nevertheless, Firwood Waterloo went into the half-time break holding a healthy 17-0 advantage.
Stockport started the second half well and a well organised drive allowed Andy Broadhurst the chance to score a try which was converted by Tom Eaton.
Firwood Waterloo scored the only kickable penalty of the match to go 20-7 ahead.
Liam Baunders scored the next try for the away side on 55 minutes following sustained pressure and including conversion gave them a 27-7 ahead.
The final try of the match was scored by Stockport player/coach Dean Schofield who broke two tackles to touch over, Eaton again converted to make the score 27-14.
Firwood Waterloo director of rugby, Steve Wood, was pleased with his side’s display.
He said: “In what was bad conditions I thought we dominated possession, I thought we were patient, we retained possession really well.
“Coaches and players worked hard this week in terms of eliminating the penalty count and keeping possession.
“This was a good test of where we are this season.
“Our defence was fantastic – the boys worked really hard.
“This sets us up nicely to get a few wins under our belt and to try and get back up that league.”
Wood is looking forward to facing top of the league Vale of Lune this weekend and is confident of his side’s chances.
“Vale will be a good test for us,” he said.
“Today we dominated in the forwards so we will go into that game with confidence.
“If we can play the same way and maintain possession, stay patient, I’m sure we will have a good opportunity for a result.”