MV Junior Colts Win Silverware
Trafford MV win a hard fought Raging Bull League Bowl Final.
24th April 2016
Trafford MV RFCC Junior Colts 15 v 12 Leigh RFC Junior Colts
Lymm RFC hosted the Raging Bull League Junior Colts Finals Day and Trafford took their place in the Bowl Final against a feisty Leigh team up for another match up of old foes.
The weather threw the last of Winter at both players and spectators alike throughout this game – wind and rain - but Trafford coped better, with controlled play through their forwards and good game management winning this final to take home the trophy.
Leigh had the better of the opening spell with high balls causing trouble for the MV defence, but they settled and countered off defensive kicking to win a succession of attacking line-outs. MV bossed this set play all day with Tom Quealy dominant as catcher to set up the attacking maul for Trafford. This proved to be a powerful weapon as the pack drove off the platform to allow the formidable Ethan Cornick to break to score the first try out wide on the fifteen minute mark. No conversion, 5-0.
Trafford were dogged throughout, but gave away a series of penalties in the break-down as the period developed. Leigh probed, however their aggressive style saw a player to the sin-bin mid way through the half, but this seemed to rally the Leigh side yet further and a nice move through the hands delivered the unconverted try out wide. 5-5.
Leigh came again, using their talented backs to make ground. But Trafford’s defence has improved markedly all season and again they were quick to close down space. The forwards won the battle at ruck time with Tom Shilito, Luke Cox and Muzzy magnificent once again to win turnover ball and disrupt to maximum effect. The defensive clearances from Ross Dunleavy at fly half were winning valuable territory and the line out dominance of the men in black and white was telling.
Leigh’s sin bin player returns. But Leigh have a man sent to the sin bin almost immediately, this one for a punch. The line out win gives the attacking maul platform inside the twenty-two; the forwards and Mr. Cornick work their magic again with Ethan C driving over to make it 10-5.
Half Time. 10-5.
Trafford start the second half sluggishly. Joe Hambleton makes a try saving tackle out wide and MV win the line out to clear. But Leigh come again – dominant ten minutes for them here – but MV’s defence is great. Leigh come again– here it is, the overlap, but the ping pass is too sharp and the Leigh attacker drives over the line only to lose control of the ball and see it shoot dead. Let off for the Trafford lads.
The wind picks up against MV and so the Trafford Colts play the percentage game, Tom Quealy picks and goes from a series of scrums. The forwards keep it tight in a period of drives which win territory. Ross Dunleavy controls the tempo of the game excellently balancing the kicking game with the call for another push from the front-eight. Nico Nealon, Muzzy and Ethan C gain the hard yards. Recycle again, phases build and Trafford play the Trafford way – push, pick, push, pick – then it goes out - ping, ping, ping and there he is out wide, Simon Calvert crashes over for the try. No conversion. 15-5.
Lovely work and Trafford settle again. Controlled play, the backs on the front foot in the tackle, led well by David Cunliffe with Adam Shea tenacious in defence from nine. Time presses on - Leigh aren’t making ground and they vary the tactics. Trafford yellow card for obstruction on the kick through, but MV look resolute now and come forward themselves to win a penalty just outside the twenty-two. Missed wide - just to increase the agony of the Trafford support!
Leigh come one more time. Their centres begin to punch holes as the half climaxes, Trafford remain dogged and determined in defence – but Leigh drive again, tap penalty – something said – another ten. The drive, the pass and Leigh are in – quick conversion 15-12.
Is there time for Leigh? …………………….. No – final whistle.
Final score: Trafford MV 15-12 Leigh.
A very close game. Either team could have won this. Well done to Leigh – they came very near and had their chances – notably just after half time - but in the end it was clever game management, the control of the Trafford forwards with the tussling defensive qualities of the MV boys that saw them home.
Thank you to Lymm RFC for hosting a great match, to the referee (Malcolm Irving) and his assistants (Staurt Davidson & Mark Walsh) for excellent control of a potentially fiery affair and to all the magnificent Trafford MV support – including the “marginally jaded” first team, straight off the back of a league title – for turning up to encourage the lads to victory.
So, Tom Quealy lifts the Bowl for the MV lads and celebrations commence – a great effort by all the coaches and team management and very well deserved by all the lads.
Undefeated in knock out competitions this year, the Trafford MV Junior Colts march on to their Lancashire Cup Final tie next week at Widnes Rugby Club against Kirkby Lonsdale Junior Colts – Kick Off 12:30pm.
Come along and support the lads in their final game of an amazing season.
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