Tar­leton back with derby win as thirds make de­but

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY JEFF GOR­DON

IT was a busy week­end for Tar­leton RUFC as for the first time they are run­ning three teams in com­pet­i­tive leagues.

With the First and Sec­ond XV be­ing pro­moted last year the step up is go­ing to prove chal­leng­ing to the as­sem­bled Squad.

The Sec­ond XV were at home on Satur­day against lo­cal ri­vals South­port and this match was go­ing to be a bench­mark for the stan­dard of rugby they would be com­pet­ing in.

Steve Gough had picked a strong squad, a mix­ture of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence with some of the se­nior colts from last sea­son step­ping up to the mark.

South­port came with a big pack and from the kick off it looked as though their game plan was to use these play­ers to cre­ate holes in the Tar­leton de­fence for their backs to ex­ploit.

As they pressed to­wards the half­way line the ball was lost and quick think­ing from Tar­leton saw the ball hacked through and the chas­ing Ge­orge Cook gath­ered the ball to score a good try which he con­verted.

Tar­leton led 7-0 after eight min­utes and it was South­port again that started to creep their way up­field, draw­ing in Tar­leton de­fend­ers, one of whom en­tered the ruck from the side and from the re­sult­ing penalty South­port brought the score to 7-3.

The next try came after 18 min­utes and it was from a dom­i­nant Tar­leton scrum that good ball was re­leased to the backs and a pass out wide to Dan Walker saw him go around the South­port de­fence to score a good try that was con­verted by Ge­orge Cook (14-3).

South­port then ap­plied a lot of pres­sure in the Tar­leton 22 but a com­bi­na­tion of good de­fence, poor pass­ing and way­ward line-outs kept them out.

How­ever, a wild kick from de­fence went to South­ports’ James Wright who ran through two Tar­leton de­fend­ers and bring the score to 14-8.

Tar­leton then went down to 14 men as one of the for­wards was binned for 10 min­utes for two high tack­les in suc­ces­sion.

South­port cap­i­talised on this ex­tra man scor­ing a try from a scrum in Tar­letons’ 22 which was con­verted to give them a 15-14 lead at half time.

South­port again pres­surised from the re-start and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts after a Tar­leton player had pulled a South­port player into a ruck. For­tu­nately for Tar- leton the kick was pulled wide and South­port did not ex­tend their lead.

Tar­leton were awarded a scrum from the re-start and a sharp break by Ge­orge Cook saw him make good ground be­fore pass­ing to the ever present Jamie Simp­son who went over for his sec­ond try. Ge­orge Cook slot­ted the con­ver­sion and Tar­leton led 33-15.

The fi­nal try was an­other one set up by the for­wards dom­i­nance in the scrum and the ball was re­leased to the charg­ing ben Kelly who broke through the South­port de­fence and drew the full back to him be­fore pass­ing the ball to Ja­mal Cantwell who went over for his sec­ond try.

The con­ver­sion by Ge­orge Cook was good and Tar­leton fin­ished the game 40-15 vic­tors.

A good start in a higher league and with the First XV win­ning a close en­counter by 25-20 away at Ald­wini­ans it was a good start to their re­spec­tive cam­paigns.

Back up to 15 men Tar­leton be­gan to turn the screw and an­other solid scrum saw Tom Wig­nall break off the back, make good ground and with an in­side off-load to Jamie Simp­son cre­ated a good try. Ge­orge Cook added the ex­tras and Tar­leton were back in front at 21-15.

The next try came from an­other solid scrum and the ball was flipped out to Harry Cook who burst through the line at pace draw­ing in three de­fend­ers and cre­at­ing a hole that with a well-timed pass saw Ja­mal Cantwell score a good try and in­crease the lead to 26-15.

South­port came again but yet more good de­fen­sive work from Tar­leton neu­tralised the threat.

The club was very pleased to be able to put out a third team for the first time in its his­tory and al­though they went down 39-5 at Anselmi­ans the re­turn of 20 or more play­ers next week who weren’t avail­able means

Harry Cook on the charge for Tar­leton

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