Wigan St Cuthberts U13 46 — 10Blackpool Stanley U13
A game of two halves which showed the best and worst of this inexperienced Blackpool Stanley side.
Blackpool Stanley were forced in to some key changes, particularly in the halves, which ultimately played a major part in them not being able to assert some authority on the game in the early exchanges. Stanley conceded the first try to their hosts in the first three minutes (4-0). However, there were encouraging signs once Stanley gained possession. Sean Craven showed commitment throughout the game with his high work rate, making himself available for drives that made him the top yard maker throughout the game. Ultimately it was Craven who made the yards and the platform for Stanley to take the lead in the 9th minute. From a Craven drive the ball went wide via O’Brien to Jordan Hindley who out stripped the Cuthberts defence to put the ball down under the posts for a converted try 4 – 6.
An almost identical move in the 15th minute saw Hindley touchdown again for his second of the game and his fourth try in two weeks 4 – 10. However, rather than taking the advantage and asserting their authority on the game Stanley seemed to become over confident, lost their shape and pattern of play and ultimately made mistakes that lead to their opponents gaining possession. Cuthberts quality started to come through and with two late try’s towards the end of the first half they lead 14 – 10 at the break.
Stanley kicked off with the elements against them and conceded two converted try’s early in the second half 26 – 10. Stanley showed little fight after that and eventually lost the game 46 – 10. Some good performances by Craven and Hindley in the pack, O’Brien in the halves, Bullen and Harding in the centre and Winter at full back were not enough to see the side compete with a much more enthusiastic Cuthberts team.
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