Consistent early pressure
Despite controlling both the possession and the territorial statistics Trafford MV ended up on the wrong side of the numbers that really matter as they came up against a street wise Leigh team who made their attacking opportunities count.
Consistent early pressure only yielded five points through a try in the corner by Tom Quealy after forwards pressure created the opening and it was somewhat predictable that Leigh would press ahead before half time with a converted try as their backs started to move the ball through the hands.
Stronger at the break-down and in control of the score-board after half time Leigh pressed home their advantage in the loose with good ball out to the wings to secure two tries following sporadic periods of Trafford MV pressure in their twenty-two.
Leigh controlled the momentum of the game at this point and riled Trafford MV successfully with aggressive counter rucking and effective niggling tactics. Their backs were up very quickly on our back line forcing errors and missed opportunities.
But Trafford MV stuck to the task and through a forward pack who had a strong game overall, controlling the line out and competitive in the scrum, they crossed the line following a driving maul with Luke Cox touching down. Greg Warren concerted the score.
Losing another try under the posts to Leigh shortly after all this good work ended the potential of the come-back and despite the optimism of a penalty conversion by Greg – it wasn’t enough to set up a late rally as Trafford’s continued territory pressure didn’t deliver any further score.
Trafford MV demonstrated good commitment, were strong in the pack and stuck to the task, but at the end despite the pressure exerted on Leigh were found to be a little exposed in the key areas where we have lost experience through injuries and absentees this week. Greater control and composure on the back of this level of possession will deliver results going forward.
Well done to the team all round for a brave effort – congratulations to George Halwood on his debut and in general to newer recruits to the team who are settling in well.
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