Stanley Rangers U13s 38 v Wibsey U13s 4
Wibsey worked hard, especially in defence, but were no match for a
Stanley Rangers Under 3 side that hit the ground running.
A knock-on from the kick-off put Wibsey under pressure immediately and
Thomas Leaver scored under the posts for Thomas Hayes to convert.
Wibsey tried to stem the tide by going over in the corner shortly
afterwards but Rangers didn’t offer any further chances. Rowan Keenan
scored two tries in quick succession, Hayes and Keenan both closely
missing the conversions, before Luke Nicholls rode determined tackling to
get the ball down with Keenan now putting his kicking boots on.
20-4 at half-time and Rangers ran riot after the break. Nicholls
scored another three tries – seven in two games – and Will Dobson provided
his first for the season.
Hayes kicked a further conversion, Keenan two more, for Rangers to run out
38-4 winners. The scoreline wasn’t the only story though as
there were impressive performances across the pitch.
Mason Hindle’s patience on the wing is paying off and he rightly drew
praise for dropping on several loose balls as well as making some useful
tackles; and interchanges from Louie Austin-Lee, Cameron Harrap, Haroon
Khan and Joshua Smith enabled Rangers to mix up the plays.
Opposition Man of the Match went to Keenan - clearly not troubled by his
strapped fingers after last week’s (self-inflicted!) injury.
Thomas Leaver took a fourth successive Player’s Man of the Match – who
will stop him this season? – and Kyan Denton was awarded Man of Steel for
a classy defensive game which had spectators applauding throughout.
Coaches’ Man of the Match was half-back Thomas Hayes, building on last
week’s second-half performance with a growing confidence in attack,
defence and organisation to cement his position at no 7.
A game to remember leaves us looking down from the top of the table this
weekend – bring on next Saturday!
Match Report sent in by Kath Hayes.