15 Nov 2015
November 15, 2015

England v New Zealand Test

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The club ran a successful trip to the third test at the DW stadium, Wigan between England andClub 1 New Zealand on Saturday 14th November 2015. Sixty one people gathered at the club house for bacon butties and refreshments prior to an 11am departure.

The test series between the two sides hung in the balance at 1 – 1 with England having won the first test at Hull 26 – 12 and New Zealand having won the second test at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, London, 9 – 2.

Jacksons CoachJacksons Coaches provided the transport and shortly before 11am the club emptied and the coach filled ready for the off. A full coach left at 11am with high expectation of an England win and  a series victory against New Zealand for the first time since 2007.

Coach 2The journey encountered the usual DW match day traffic congestion but fortunately everyone was safely in there seats ready for the 1pm kick-off.

A close arm wrestle of a first half finished with England leading 8 – 6 at half time. England had a dominate 20 minutes in the second half and went in to  a 20 – 6 lead with 10 minutes to go. Everything going to plan for the perfect day. New Zealand, the world champions, just don’t lie down, and were determined to make  a contest of it right up to the final whistle. The Kiwi’s scored two unconverted tries and with only five minutes remaining and with the score at 20 -14 it was definitely “squeaky bum” time for the England Supporters. England hung on for the victory and to take the series 2 – 1.

PiperEveryone returned to the club house to be greeted by a touch of Scotland. Thirty-five students from Glasgow University had chosen to visit the club, play a game and start their end of season tour with a few beers in the club room. Everyone was in high spirits with the England victory and the sound of the pipes ringing through the club house.

MickAs the pipes blasted out to the sound of Flower of Scotland those locals with Scottish origins took to there chairs and joined in the chorus, ” Mick O’Hara thought he’d died and gone to heaven”. 

A great day finished off in the club with a great atmosphere and some great revenue for the club. Nice One!!

The club will be running a trip to the Wigan v Brisbane world club challenge in February. For more info keep your eye on the website and facebook.