Rangers run riot to put North Wales Crusaders Reserves to the sword
The long trip to North Wales was a worthwhile one for Manchester Rangers and the side put on a show for the travelling spectators with a comfortable win over a plucky North Wales Crusaders reserves.
The game started off in a tight arm wrestle, but Rangers dominant defence gave no quarter to the Crusaders attack and quickly saw them winning the territorial advantage. When Manchester got the ball in good field position a flowing set piece found Max Horsfall on the edge who beat two men to score. Shortly after, Jack McCarthy showed his power ploughing through the North Wales defence to score, Jordan Green adding the extras.
Ben Steele then bagged a brace to take the teams into half time. The first a delightful inside ball from Connor Winfield creating space, the second saw Jack McCarthy make a midfield break and find the supporting Steele to go under the sticks. Both kicks missed by Josh Hill and Tyrone Parsonage respectively.
HALF TIME: NWC Reserves 0 – 18 Manchester Rangers
Half time saw the Rangers speak about keeping their defence at the same levels but improving
execution and reducing errors to be ruthless in attack.
That is exactly what happened as Rangers turned on the afterburners to extend their lead.
Steele completing his hat trick with a lovely show and go before his University of Manchester counterpart, Adam Heal, picked a beautiful line to go over untouched, Green adding one from two. Tyrone Chipchase then scored his first off the day, finding space on the edge from a set play before Jack McCarthy got his brace in similar fashion to the first. Again, Green adding 1 from 2.
Chipchase then added his second from deep, using his lightning pace he created space from the scrum and sliced through the despairing defence to streak away. Shortly after the full back once again found himself in space following a Steele offload and expertly drew his opposite number to release Winfield to score. Winfield adding the extras on both occasions.
Ricky Ward was next on the scoresheet, the hard working 80 minute man crashing his way through North Wales to get a deserved try, Winfield further extending the Rangers lead. North Wales found a response to the Rangers onslaught, an error from the kick off by Rangers gave the Crusaders territory and a scoot from dummy half provided their first points of the afternoon courtesy of Ryan Williams, converted by Aled Davies.
Rangers would get the last say of the afternoon as Tyrone Chipchase got the final try of a fine hat trick, again using his pace to beat the Crusaders defence. The Full Back cleanly took a kick downfield before pinning his ears back and showing too much speed for North Wales to handle.
FULL TIME: NWC Reserves 6 – 66 Manchester Rangers
Manchester Rangers: 66
Tries: Horsfall (2), McCarthy (2), Steele (3), Heal, Chipchase (3), Winfield, Ward
Goals: Green (4 from 7), Hill (0 from 1), Parsonage (0 from 1), Winfield (3 from 4)
Man of the Match: Tyrone Chipchase / Ricky Ward
Manchester Rangers Squad:
- Tyrone Chipchase, 2. Ulugbek Djurabekov, 3 Tyrone Parsonage, 4. Max Horsfall, 5. Caolan McCool, 6. Ben Steele, 7. Josh Hill, 8. Jack McCarthy, 9. Jordan Green, 10. Steve Jones, 11. Adam Heal, 12. Chris Allen, 13. Ricky Ward, 14. Connor Winfield, 15. Jack Bailey, 16. Nick Ryan, 17. Dan Roughley