Match day reports from Stanley Rangers Under 12’s at Butlins 2019
Stanley enjoyed a hugely successful weekend in sunny Skegness going so
close to the main prize only to miss out at the final hurdle!
Game 1. Dewsbury Moor. (Dewsbury, Yorkshire).
First up for Stanley on day 1 was Dewsbury Moor who gave Stanley a
real test to start the tournament. The game started out as it would
carry on throughout, with both teams defending in a very physical
manner and playing some entertaining rugby. The game was back and
forth and despite losing 1 of their main defenders, Alfie Briggs for
the day, to a split lip which would see him spend 3 hours plus in A&E,
Stanley slowly started to dominate and eventually ran out winners. Won
20 - 12.
Game 2. Portico Vine (St Helens, Lancashire).
Stanley went into the game in a confident mood and maybe
underestimated the opposition but were quickly given the wake up they
needed as the opposition took an early lead. Stanley’s response was
quick but again they took their foot off the gas and conceded to the
opposition this really did make Stanley take notice and they moved
through the gears to eventually run out comfortable winners. Won 24 -
Game 3. Skirlaugh (Hull, Humberside).
Arguably Stanley’s hardest game of the day and the crunch tie to top
the group was next up against a very big side and with a number of
players already feeling a little stiff, sore and carrying some little
niggling injuries they had to raise their game. They did just that and
in a very intense match both teams gave their all in a game that was
nip and tuck with both teams registering 2 scores apiece in the early
exchanges and this is how it stayed until Stanley dug into their
reserves to register 2 more try’s in the latter stages of the match.
Won 16 - 8.
Game 4. Seaton Rangers (Workington, Cumbria).
Stanley went into the last match of the day and having learnt their
lesson earlier in the day about underestimating teams and they were
always in control of the final game and they put in a controlled
performance to run out comfortable winners. Won 16 - 0.
This result put Stanley top of the group with 4 wins from 4 games and
into the main cup the following day.
Game 1. Stanningley (Leeds, Yorkshire)
The game that both Stanley’s players and supporters were looking
forward to most with both teams sitting unbeaten in the league but yet
to meet this season and the game lived up to expectations. In a feisty
and hard fought match both teams went toe to toe with some crunching
hits in defence and expansive play in attack the 2 sides looked very
evenly matched. The game was in the balance again with both teams
registering 2 try’s apiece until again like in the previous games
match against skirlaugh, Stanley seemed to dig deep and find an extra
gear to first get the decisive 3rd score before giving themselves
breathing space in the last minute with a 4th score sending the
Stanley supporters crazy. Won 16 - 8.
Game 2. East Hull. (Hull, Humberside)
Stanley started the game on a high from the previous game and carried
on from where they had left off looking confident and dominating both
in attack and defence. Stanley put 2 scores on the board and they
looked in complete control until they seemed to take their foot off
the gas allowing the opposition to score 2 try’s to first draw level
before they came up with a smart kick early in the tackle count taking
Stanley by surprise to win the race to the ball to score and take the
lead. This left Stanley with a uphill task with time running out but
again they somehow found a way and on the last play of the game They
came up with a match levelling try. Drew 8 - 8.
Game 3. Crossfields Cobras (Warrington, Lancashire)
Going into the game against Crossfields Stanley still knew they had a
chance to finish as champions if they could beat the opposition but
the task was a big ask against a side who had only conceded 1 try over
both days of the tournament.
The game started and as expected with both teams looking up for the
biggest game of the weekend with both teams trying to suss each other
out and break the opposition out and it was Stanley who found a way to
break their opponents. Crossfields response was instant and this was
how the rest of the game would go with both teams taking the lead
before the other pegged them back. The scores reached 16 all and as
the game entered the final quarter Stanley were dealt a huge blow as
they lost half back Zack Leaworthy to a head knock whilst going close
to scoring. This held the game up and when the game restarted it was
Crossfields who seemed to cope best and they scored the decisive try
to finally break Stanleys resistance. In the dying seconds Crossfields
managed to register 1 more score which gave a score line that didn’t
reflect the closeness of the game.
Lost 20 - 24.
To fall at the final hurdle was tough on Stanley
after every player had given their all, running their blood to water.
The players were understandably disappointed but every player could
hold their head up high with their performances throughout the
tournament. The players were all a credit to the club with opposition
fans and coaches complimenting them on their rugby skills and teamwork
but more importantly their sportsmanship and attitude off the field.
The weekend was a true success and the coaches would like to take the
opportunity to thank all those involved from family, supporters,
sponsors and all who organised and contributed to the fundraising for
The final word however has to go to the players who’s efforts all
weekend were immense and we couldn’t have asked for more. We are
massively proud of you!!!
(Official the best under 12’s team in Yorkshire!)
Match reports sent in by Chris Molyneux Head Coach.