On an arctic Saturday in January, Manchester Rangers got their 2016 season off to a start against the University of Manchester. The conditions were less than desirable with temperatures below freezing leading to a barrage of hail and snow throughout the game.
The Rangers were on the back foot from the start a University of Manchester started strongly. An error on the first tackle of the game gave UoM great field position inside the Rangers 20m and a chance to get ahead early on. Rangers showed some great steel in defence to defend their own line well, only to turn the ball over again on the next set.
The tale of the first 20 minutes was a consistent one, UoM hammering away at the Rangers defence which held strong under close inspection.
Rangers then managed to get a foot hold in the game and showed some nice touches to pressure the UoM line. After the ball was spread wide to the left and back to the right, a hole opened on the UoM edge for Andy Taylor to exploit on debut. 6 – 0.
HALF TIME: Manchester Rangers 6 – 0 University of Manchester
The second half started as the first ended with the Rangers cranking up the pressure. Unfortunately, a serious concussion to UoM’s Chris Brooks meant that he would take no further part in the game.
Rangers looked to turn the pressure they had built up into points and did so when Josh Ogden sneaked over from close range to go 12 points clear. 12 – 0.
On the final play of the game, another Rangers debutant, Josh Williams, showed great strength to go through 3 UoM defenders and power his way over the line and bring the game to a close. 18 – 0.
FULL TIME: Manchester Rangers 18 – 0 University of Manchester
In the first hit out of the season for the Rangers there were plenty of positives to take away. With 9 players making their debut, continuity in defence was outstanding and ultimately led to nilling their opponents. There will be plenty of selection headaches for Head Coach Steve Molloy in the coming weeks!
MOM: Grant Hudson
- Jesse Godwin, 2. Caoalan McCool, 3. Andy Taylor, 4. Josh Williams, 5. Yomi Olajide, 6. Josh Ogden, 7. Jordan Green, 8.Grant Hudson, 9. Nathan Baker, 10. Nick Ryan, 11. Kane Connor, 12. Aaron Creilly, 13. Kyle Buckley-Mayall, 14. Connor Winfield, 15. Jubril Olajide, 16. Joe Collins, 17. Brian Massey, 18. Josh Hill, 19. Martin Southwell, 20. George Edge, 21. Mike Greensmith
|30th January 2016||2:30 pm||2016|
|Belle Vue Sports Village|
University of Manchester