When Manchester Rangers arrived at a cold and wet Cadishead summer Rugby League was well underway. A damp and heavy pitch ensured that the game was going to be a forward battle that had its feisty moments. 3 sin bins and a sending off reflected the hard battle that took place throughout the 80 minutes.
The game started at an intense pace with both sides looking to dominate the arm wrestle. Cadishead had the lions share of early possession with Rangers seemingly unable to complete a set. This was emphasised when Cadishead moved the ball to the right, exploiting an overlap, and putting Jonny Butler away to score the first points of the game in the corner. The try was duly converted by Jonny Butler. 6 – 0.
Cadishead were next on the score sheet too, as again they moved the ball right and capitalised on a mis-match in numbers for Jay Peers to go over for the try, this time Butler missed the conversion. 10 – 0.
A rally cry from Andy Lewis saw the Rangers start to find their feet and win the collision. Some good territory and possession for the first time in the game led to a nice line being run by Mike Greensmith to get Rangers’ first points on the board, Nick Holt with the conversion. 10 – 6.
Half Time: Cadishead Rhinos 10 v 6 Manchester Rangers
Half time came and the Rangers lads knew they were right back in this game. Anthony Lewis gave a rousing team talk and reminded the players about what they were playing for which saw a good lift in energy from the team.
Rangers started the second half on the front foot and the superior possession showed with the first try of the second half. Allan Khonje with a quick tap after a penalty drove the Manchester side forward and further scoots from Matt Valentine and Joe Regan had Cadishead on their heels. The ball was worked wide to left finding Josh Williams who showed some strength to go over in the corner for a well worked try. Kyle Mayall unsuccessful with the conversion. 10 – 10.
The game then had its first bout of handbags with a seemingly innocuous challenge leading to a melee between the two teams. This resulted in 2 yellows for Cadishead and 1 for Rangers. Shortly after, a separate incident led to the sending off of another Rangers player, leaving them to play the last 25 minutes with 12 men. Cadishead then went in front with Richie Hayes slotting a drop goal to take further advantage. 11 – 10.
Despite being a man down, Rangers continued to hold their own in the game and eventually took the lead through an impressive Kyle Buckley-Mayall solo try. Kyle took the ball flat after a quick play of the ball and bust through two Cadishead defenders. He then showed some great pace to round the full back and go over under the posts from 50m out, Nick Holt with the conversion. 11 – 16.
With Rangers desperately defending their own line, Cadishead eventually found a way through. Richie Hayes taking the ball and crashing over in the left corner set up a nervous finish to the game. Cadishead missed the conversion and Rangers held onto their slender one point lead.
The full time whistle was blown and Rangers were happy to have picked up the win in difficult circumstances. The main positives to take from this game were some excellent team work and strong team spirit which ultimately culminated in getting the victory on the board.
Full Time: Cadishead Rhinos 15 v 16 Manchester Rangers
|21st February 2015||2:30 pm||2015|
|Cadishead Recreation Ground|
Head Coach: Paul Elliott
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Head Coach: Steve Molloy