Tenacious performance by Trafford MV
Trafford hosted Warrington with a tight knit performance.
Report by Adrian
Trafford hosted Warrington on Sunday and adopted a tight knit forwards game with a tenacious backs performance to come close against one of the league’s better teams.
Trafford played to their pack’s strengths with impressive recycling of the ball throughout the game to gain territory and mount periods of decent pressure on Warrington’s defence. Warrington though were dogged and dangerous in their spells of dominance, being keen to spin the ball through their backs to open up gaps in a much improved Trafford defence.
The clash in styles was an absorbing spectacle - although possibly not the best example of free flowing rugby ever to grace Finney Bank Road as the efforts of both teams cancelled each other out for much of the match.
Chances were as a result hard to come by and we had to wait until mid way through the first half for the first score, a penalty conversion by Greg Warren for Trafford after an excellent tackle by David Cunliffe created the kicking opportunity.
It was then Warrington who mounted a series of attacks with good control drawing mistakes from Trafford and winning good field position. This pressure saw Trafford reduced to fourteen men following a sin-bin offence and as the first half drew to a close and Warrington seized the opportunity with a ball through the backs to score an unconverted try out wide.
Half Time: Trafford 3 – 5 Warrington
The second half opened very brightly for Warrington and it was only an excellent last gasp try saving tackle from Joe Hambleton which stopped them increasing their lead in the opening minutes as they broke Trafford’s scrambled defence.
The match then settled again to the similar ebb and flow pattern of the first half, with no outstanding chances but plenty of effort and grunt as Trafford continued with rumbling forward play and Warrington probing with good lines and hard running. Trafford’s new look back line stood up to this test and held firm in open play.
Then the turning point. Trafford gave away a penalty in their own half – a difficult chance not converted by Warrington. The following series of play from the restart saw Warrington mount another attack, however an excellent turnover by Trafford from that sortie was celebrated with indiscipline resulting in the reversal of the penalty award to give Warrington a second chance at the posts – this time from closer in.
This proved to be a costly mistake by Trafford as the penalty conversion attempt struck the upright back into play and after a fumble by Trafford off this rebound Warrington scooped up the ball to send their player into score their second try. The conversion was missed.
Trafford then pressed hard for the score that could have tied this match. Good line out ball after a great penalty clearance by Greg Warren gave them a chance late on – but to no avail, Warrington remained strong in defence and the match ended with the score at 3 – 10.
Both teams should be congratulated on a close game, played in a positive spirit and refereed in excellent fashion.
Warrington will continue to trouble teams this season with their all round solidity and dangerous backs. However some encouragement for Trafford as they seek their first win in the league this season – hard graft by the all of the forwards whose fitness levels were commendable and an impressive backs performance, notably in defence, offers a firm foundation to build on for the coming weeks.
Trafford MV Man Of The Match: David Cunliffe