Turner sees pos­i­tives in nar­row de­feat to ti­tle-chas­ing North­wich

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North­wich 20 Fir­wood Water­loo 17 AN­OTHER de­feat but nonethe­less a very cred­itable per­for­mance against the sec­ond-places side in the North One West ta­ble saw Fir­wood Water­loo pick up a los­ing bonus point last Satur­day.

Fir­wood Water­loo have now played all of the top-five out­fits and will per­haps be look­ing for some respite and a win when they wel­come Bur­nage to Blun­dell­sands this Satur­day af­ter­noon.

“It’s al­ways dis­ap­point­ing to lose but de­spite the heavy pitch I thought we played some good rugby,” said head coach Stu­art Turner af­ter the game.

“We are a top of the ground side and the con­di­tions cer­tainly did not suit us but we fought hard and thor­oughly de­served to come away with at least a los­ing bonus point.”

Both sides crossed for two tries but in the end it was the penalty count that made the dif­fer­ence, heav­ily against the vis­i­tors.

Scott David­son was the tryscorer for Fir­wood Water­loo, tak­ing a good line off out­side-half Jimmy Muir, James Rat­cliff slot­ting over the con­ver­sion.

The pack forced a penalty try from a scrum with Rat­cliff bring­ing up the 17 with a suc­cess­ful penalty.

“They are a good and pow­er­ful out­fit and we did have difficulty hold­ing them when they were com­ing for­ward which re­sulted in the heavy penalty count but in the con­di­tions I thought we did well to hold them to just the two tries,” Turner stated.

“We have now played all the top sides in this league so we now have a chance with Bur­nage at home this Satur­day to get back to winning ways and see if we can im­prove our po­si­tion in the ta­ble.

“Train­ing is go­ing well and all the boys are very en­thu­si­as­tic about what we are try­ing to achieve,” the head coach added. “We still have much to learn and there is a long way to go with this group of play­ers but we are get­ting there and I cer­tainly ex­pect to be in the top sec­tion of the ta­ble when we ar­rive at the end of the sea­son.”

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