Friday night Rugby League under the lights returned as Manchester Rangers opened up their 2016 season with a local derby clash against Bury Broncos.
The Rangers welcomed the Broncos to Manchester Regional Arena, looking to defend their 12-month unbeaten home record. With an impressive attendance of 358, there were plenty of supporters on each side cheering their teams on.
The game got off to a frantic start with both teams trying to establish an early foot hold in the game. After 16 minutes, the deadlock was broken as Harry Coleman found space on the Rangers edge and used his long reach to score despite heavy pressure from the Rangers defence. After converting his own try, Bury took an early lead 0 – 6.
Almost immediately Rangers hit back through Andy Taylor. After some great work by the Rangers pack to move down field, Taylor linked with prop forward Danny Knight who put the Stand Off through a hole in the Bury line. With great footwork and pace, Taylor rounded the Bury full back to score under the posts. Conversion successful by Jordan Green. 6 – 6.
It took a further 15 minutes for the next points of the game to be registered and they came in peculiar fashion. Bury’s Harry Coleman with an impromptu drop kick which left many surprised at the decision but edged the Broncos ahead none the less! 6 – 7.
That would see the end of the points in the first half on what had been a hard fought game, with neither side able to establish any real advantage in the game
HALF TIME: Manchester Rangers 6 – 7 Bury Broncos
The second half was underway with some fierce defence from the Rangers who were looking to put right their earlier mishaps. The first points of the second half were from the boot of Jordan Green, as he kicked a penalty for the Rangers after Bury were found guilty of hands in at the ruck. 8 – 7.
The game was at a stalemate until around 60 minutes, when Rangers began a long slide to capitulation. Bury ran in 3 uncontested tries through Liam Sixsmith, Simon Palin and Charlie Delaume with 2 of the 3 converted by Harry Coleman to give the Broncos a 15-point lead. 8 – 23.
Rangers hit back and stemmed the Broncos flow after an excellent run from man of the match Josh Hill, who produced an outstanding display from hooker on his competitive debut for the club. Jordan Green successful with the boot pulled Rangers back to within two scores. 14 – 23.
The last 10 minutes belonged to Bury as they continued to press against a sloppy Rangers side who persisted to give away silly technical penalties that would cost them dear. With further tries from Sean Thorley and Joe Wilkinson and 2 conversions from Harry Coleman, Bury finished off the nights scoring. 14 – 35.
FULL TIME: Manchester Rangers 14 – 35 Bury Broncos
Rangers Head Coach, Steve Molloy, spoke after the game
‘I’m very disappointed for the people that have been involved behind the scenes with the club. It was a massive night for us with a large crowd turning up for a local derby to see what we are all about and the performance just didn’t match that.
We have worked on structures and putting game plans in place and we moved away from that which was very frustrating. We didn’t have our strongest side out and have got a number of key players to come back into the side and a large squad to manage. We have been very clear in setting out the fact that we will look at other players should people not play to the structures we have set in place.
All the players who pulled on the shirt tonight potentially need to have a look at themselves and ask if they can adhere to our style of play and are willing to have the attitude to work for each other. When you give away 16 penalties and make 10 errors, you’re always going to struggle to win a game with those sort of statistics.
It’s not great to lose the opening game of course, I was under no illusion just how hard the step up would be but I think we beat ourselves tonight through poor discipline and a shocking completion rate. We will come back bigger and stronger for the next game and ensure that nights like tonight don’t happen again.’
Manchester Rangers: 14
Tries: Taylor, Hill.
Goals: Green (3 from 3)
Bury Broncos: 35
Tries: Coleman, Sixsmith, Palin, Delaume, Thorley, Wilkinson.
Goals: Coleman (5 from 6)
Drop Goals: Coleman (1)
Man of the Match: Josh Hill
Manchester Rangers Squad:
- Caolan McCool, 2. George Edge, 3. Josh Dolan, 4. Tyrone Parsonage, 5. Joe Moura Da Luz, 6. Andy Taylor, 7. Jordan Green, 8. Brian Massey, 9. Josh Hill, 10. Danny Knight, 11. David Gooch, 12. Rubin Holland, 13. Kyle Buckley-Mayall, 14. Josh Ogden, 15. Joe Regan, 16. Adam Heal, 17. Kane Connor
Bury Broncos Squad:
- Anthony Crumlish, 2. Liam Sixsmith, 3. Warren Bleur, 4. Steve Critchley, 5. Jonathan Tindale, 6. Harry Coleman, 7. Sean Kelly, 8. Simon Palin, 9. Adam Grundy, 10. Paul Kynaston, 11. Charlie Delaume, 12. Martin Wilcock, 13. Joe Wilkinson, 14. Chris Sloan, 15. Sean Thorley, 16. Tyler Nolan, 17. William Spencer
|18th March 2016||7:30 pm||North West Mens League Division 2||2016|
|Manchester Regional Arena|
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|10||Private: Danny Knight||Prop||1||0||0||0||0|
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|17||Private: Joe Regan||Prop||1||0||3||0||0|
|18||Jordan Green||Scrum Half||1||0||0||0||0|
|23||Private: Kyle Buckley-Mayall||Loose Forward||1||0||0||0||0|