Waterloo do crash and Burn
Firwood Waterloo 22
Burnage 29 “THIS was a game we should have won,” confessed director of rugby Steve Wood after he had seen his Firwood Waterloo side go down 22-29 at home to Burnage on Saturday.
“We are of course very disappointed and the boys are really gutted. We had targeted this game but going down to 14 men after Wilbur Harris had been shown a red card for punching on just 20 minutes certainly did not help.
“At the moment there is no doubt that we are short on confidence and perhaps a week off so we can re-assess where we are at is necessary. We need to take a long hard look at oursleves, examine the videos and take it from there.
“We have a number of rugby league boys in the side and we need to play a far more expansive game rather than trying to keep it tight going up the middle. We are too narrow and we need to move the ball wider and quicker to benefit from their talent.”
The hosts were in fact first on the scoresheet with a try from Jake Allen, the wing picking up a dropped pass as Burnage attempted to mount an attack.
Burnage hit back with a penalty and a converted try to lead 10-5 at the interval.
A converted try shortly after the restart increased the visitors’ advantage but a break by Jonny Roberts from the base of a ruck created the opportunity for Scott Davidson to cross for a second try. James Masters added the conversion but Burnage replied with a converted try to take a 10-point lead before extending this with a fourth, the conversion putting them 22-12 ahead.
The home team refused to give up and for once getting the ball wide, Allen scampered in, Masters’s conversion putting his side into contention at 22-19.
Unfortunately Burnage had other ideas and going in for a fourth try took the try bonus, the conversion giving them a 29-19 lead. A late penalty from Masters guaranteed a losing bonus point although it did little to hide the frustration.
Firwood Waterloo now have a week off before visiting Blackburn on November 25.