Saints in­flict sixth straight Boro loss

Rochdale Observer - - SCHOOL NEWS - HARRY HAN­SON

LIT­TLE­BOR­OUGH RUFC suf­fered their sixth straight de­feat af­ter they were beaten at home to Liver­pool St He­lens RUFC.

Boro won the toss and de­cided to play up the hill in the first half, and that then led to a one-sided half with Liver­pool in to­tal con­trol of the game from the time of their first score af­ter three min­utes un­til the half time break.

It all be­gan when Boro gave away a pen for off­side about 10 me­ters out al­most in front of the sticks and the Liver­pool kicker made no mis­take.

From the restart Liver­pool knocked on and Boro won the scrum but they were too slow to get the ball out and gave away a penalty for hold­ing on.

The Liver­pool kicker found touch deep in the Boro half, and from the line out the ball was knocked on by the home side and al­lowed Liver­pool to win the scrum and score their first try. The ball was moved quickly down the line for the winger to go over in the far corner, but the kick was missed.

Boro restarted, but straight away Liver­pool moved the ball out wide and on the far side their winger out­ran the Lit­tle­bor­ough de­fence to cross the line for his sec­ond try in as many min­utes, with the con­ver­sion added to make it 15-0.

Three min­utes late Boro found them­selves down to 14 men when Jack Whit­tles went to the bin for a poor at­tempted tackle, as this led to some sound de­fence from the hosts and some nice at­tack­ing moves.

Dis­as­ter struck though in the 26th minute as a Liver­pool player was up very quickly to in­ter­cept a Boro pass and go in un­der the sticks for the third try, with the con­ver­sion mak­ing it 22-0.

This seemed to wake up the home side and for the next 10 min­utes it looked like they may get back into the game, but in the 36th minute fol­low­ing a missed tackle the cen­tre kicked over the top of the Boro line for their winger to out­pace the de­fence and score out wide, with the kick again added, mean­ing it was now 29-0.

Lit­tle­bor­ough went on the at­tack from the restart and were un­lucky not to cross the line but Liver­pool held out with some hard tack­les from their de­fence, and this then al­lowed them to score their fifth try in the last minute of the half.

Once again a kick over the top re­sulted in their winger out­pac­ing the backs to just make the line be­fore he was an­kle tapped. Lit­tle­bor­ough had a moun­tain to climb, as the score was 34-0 at the break.

At the start of the sec­ond half Boro took the ball from the kick-off and drove down the field, mak­ing some good yards be­fore a kick over the top saw Adam Wayne just fail to pick up the ball be­fore it went into touch.

From the line out Jake Cas­tree stole the ball and broke the line to crash over for a try.

From the restart it was all Boro but strong de­fen­sive work from Liver­pool kept a ram­pant Lit­tle­bor­ough at bay. They even­tu­ally broke through though as at the mid­way point of the sec­ond half Boro got an­other try.

Tay­lor was able to out­pace the de­fence to score in the far corner and this was con­verted to make the score 34-12 to the vis­i­tors.

For the next ten min­utes Boro put pres­sure on the Liver­pool de­fence, and even­tu­ally they were able to get a third try when the ball was col­lected by Coop, who then passed on to Ri­p­ley to cross the line for the third try, but again the kick was missed.

With the clock run­ning down Lit­tle­bor­ough col­lected the ball from the restart and charged down­field. The ball was driven in with four pick and drives be­fore it was picked up by Cas­tree who drove over for his sec­ond of the af­ter­noon, but the kick was again missed. Lit­tle­bor­ough had per­formed well in the sec­ond half but it was Liver­pool fin­ished off the game as they had started, by kick­ing a penalty seal the win. Richard Tay­lor jinked and danced his way through the LSH at­tack and de­fence to score a mag­nif­i­cent try by the posts

Barry Hob­son

Henry Ash­worth and the pack started to come good in the sec­ond half against a tir­ing LSH pack

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