Water­loo do crash and Burn

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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.

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