Wanderers won 12 – 5 away to Medicals II. Match report by Huw Reynolds:
This was a well-deserved and hard fought victory for the Wanderers, in slippery conditions against a determined Medicals side. With the ko delayed due to the late arrival of the referee, tensions were high. The coaches had stressed the need to maintain discipline for the full 80 minutes and to the player’s credit, there was no dissent or reaction to some decisions that didn’t go our way. Instead, the team supported and rallied around each other. This was a team effort to which all 20 players in the squad contributed equally.
The first half was a pretty even affair. Medicals took the lead on 14 minutes with an unconverted try out wide. Wanderers demolished their scrum on every occasion. Fair play to their No. 8 who did well to salvage some good possession. Despite our clear upper hand up front, we tried to play a wide and open game which only played into their hands. Eventually, following an excellent break from Chris Malley, the ball was recycled through a number of rucks and the same Chris scored in the corner to level the scores. The penny seemed to drop towards the end of the half when ‘up the jumper tactics’ resulted in a try for Adam Mohammed near the posts, which was converted by Jordan Brown.
The half time feedback was quite basic.
Question: “Where are we beating them?”
Answer: “Up front”.
Question: “So what should we do this half?”
Answer: “Keep it up front”.
And so unfolded the second half, which Northern controlled through forward domination and the unleashing of the backs only when there were clear opportunities. It is therefore to Medicals’ credit that there was no further scores, with them defending doggedly and us going close on many occasions. This did however mean that the tension lasted right up to the final whistle, upon which man-hugs abounded as subs and players embraced warmly, in a very public show of affection.
While this was a win built on a collective performance, it was good to see 2 players who have not played that much this season, Adam Mohammed and Robbie Micheson, produce excellent performances. Cameron Horricks collets ‘D*** of the day’ for getting lost in that metropolis that is Heaton and arriving a tad late.
Tries: Chris Malley
Conversions: Jordan Brown
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