Wind Of Change.
A pulsating contest ...
Wind Of Change.
A pulsating contest played in a high wind that dictated the game plan in a hard fought match up.
Trafford, a team with a string of decent performances this season but cruelly with relatively few points to show for it triumphed over a dangerous Caldy side in a match which saw them play the perfect balance of defence, in the first half against the wind and attack in the second half with it.
Caldy kicked off and with the wind at their backs they were quickly on the attack. They scored as soon as the fifth minute with a try from quick ball distributed from a forwards push out into the backs for the converted score.
The scenario was potentially ominous for Trafford as Caldy repeatedly pushed the ball into the corner with the wind and won a string of line outs – but Trafford’s defence was tremendous – dogged, tough and quick meaning that the rolling maul from Caldy yielded little result and the ball out wide was snuffed out well by the gritty Trafford backs.
Time and time again Caldy mounted attacks but Trafford stood firm. Caldy reverted to a penalty to gain the points the territory deserved, but missed the attempt.
Trafford repeatedly cleared their lines and began to reverse the territory as the half progressed with good forward play keeping the ball tight – good tactics in the conditions. Quick ball off the base created space for Greg in mid field and a sublime run saw him beat two players out wide to score a fantastic try for Trafford.
The try was not converted but the points buoyed the Trafford team who only conceded a penalty score to the powerful Caldy team before the half time whistle.
Half Time: 10 – 5
And then the best forty minutes of rugby Trafford have played this season.
Playing the wind perfectly Trafford pressed from the off – with excellent kicking from Greg and Ross constantly pinning Caldy back, the forwards took advantage of the dominance in territory and possession with some great rugby to keep Caldy under pressure.
Trafford firstly forced two penalties to take the lead – both cleverly converted by Greg, keeping them low in the wind.
Trafford then pressed home their advantage with a huge push from the Caldy restart to gain a five yard line out in Caldy territory, the initial push was foiled but the return run by Dave was magnificently off loaded to Tom Quealy for a try out wide. No conversion but the momentum was squarely with Trafford.
Trafford came again and strong work in the breakdown saw excellent link play to allow Nico space – and that is all he needed to cap his fantastic display with a try. Again no conversion.
Excellent driving play followed with Tom Shilito and Luke Cox featuring heavily – but all forwards were on fine form. A penalty resulted from the continued Trafford pressure and Ross converted.
The wind eased in the last ten minutes and a brave and committed Caldy side came back with a period of decent pressure to the final whistle, but again the Trafford defence held up with the backs now bristling with confidence putting in a defensive display to proud off. Greg Warren was everywhere and Caldy could only create an unconverted consolation try in the last play as reward for their never say die attitude.
The final whistle blew with the full time score 15 -24.
The match was well refereed and played in a good spirit.
A change in fortune for Trafford – at least a well deserved win, good team spirit rewarded and perhaps a momentum swing. Well done to Caldy for fighting right to the end – a good team with excellent spirit – they will win a few before the season ends.
Thanks to all who travelled to watch Trafford – first gusts and rain of the season and Trafford’s first win – a wind of change blowing for the boys?
Trafford MV Man Of The Match: Greg Warren
Report by Adrian