Manchester got their 2018 campaign off to a winning start as they picked up the points over a tenacious Bury Broncos
A late change of venue due to a waterlogged pitch saw the Rangers play out of their second home at Belle Vue Sports Village for the opening game of 2018. The disruption didn’t have any adverse effect on the Rangers men as they started the game brightly and built up an early game lead.
Rubin Holland scored the first two tries of the game with carbon copy efforts as Connor Winfield provided the assists for Holland to crash and spin his way over the line in unstoppable fashion. Jordan Green adding the two point on both occasions, to give Rangers an early 12 point lead.
Bury Broncos then hit back as an error from Tyrone Chipchase resulted in a scramble for the loose ball, won by Danny Kelly to breathe life into his side against a now dominant Rangers. Harry Coleman reliable with the boot pulled the deficit to just one try.
Rangers would get the last laugh before half time as Tyrone Chipchase released Max Horsfall from a scrum play and the big centre went over the line untouched, Green unable to add the extras on this occasion.
HALF TIME: Manchester Rangers 16 – 6 Bury Broncos
The second half followed much the same pattern as the first with Rangers on top of the scoreboard. There were 3 flare ups in the second stanza as Si Palin was sin binned
from the Broncos with Horsfall and Green both spending some time on the naughty step from Rangers. This didn’t prevent Rangers from further increasing their score with 2 second half tries.
The first try coming from Connor Winfield as Green’s high bomb caught Bury wing Shackloth out, Winfield kicking the loose ball forward and beating the Bury cover to the chase to score his first try of the 2018 season. The second try came as a clever blind side play from Green saw mercurial stand off Ben Steele create the space for Chipchase to cross the whitewash. Green unsuccessful on both occasions.
Bury had the final score of the game as a pin point cross field kick from Coleman found Shackloth in space to score a consolation try for the Broncos, Coleman adding the extras.
FULL TIME: Manchester Rangers 24 – 10 Bury Broncos
Manchester Rangers: 24
Tries: Holland (2), Horsfall, Winfield, Chipchase
Goals: Green (2 from 5)
MOM: Rubin Holland
Manchester Rangers Squad:
- Tyrone Chipchase, 2. Dan Munt, 3. Max Horsfall, 4. Caolan McCool, 5. Mitch Dempsey, 6. Tyrone Parsonage, 7. Jordan Green, 8. Rubin Holland, 9. Connor Winfield, 10. Steve Jones, 11. Ricky Ward, 12. Jack McCarthy, 13. Josh Hill, 14. Ben Steele, 15. Jack Bailey, 16. Chris Allen, 17. Nick Ryan