West Bank Bears U8 V Leyland Warriors U8 14th May 2017
Although the weather was unable to decide what to do today West Bank’s under 8’s certainly knew what they were going to do – chase another win! In the end the weather chose to be kind to the many spectators who turned out to watch today’s game.
The match began with Captain Shaun Arnold shaking hands with the Leyland captain. With Leyland winning the toss, they decided to play the first ball which despite strong tackling from Harry Nuttall, Shaun Arnold and Jack Bright in support they managed to score the first points of the game. This however was soon replied to by West Bank as Harry Nuttall had a great run and off loaded to Shaun Arnold who passed to Oliver Edge. A good run from our new addition, Luke Barnett was scuppered by the immense pressure from the Leyland defence. The superb Jacob Potter ran the next ball round the defending line and scored West Banks first points of the game. Leyland managed to dupe the Bears in their next set as they powered over the line with their second try. It seemed tit for tat as in West Banks next play Shaun Arnold went over the white wash with the Bears second try - this was only facilitated by a timely off load from Oliver Edge. Leyland came back to us with another try but this wasn’t for the lack of defensive effort with a stupendous tackle from Thomas Stanton. Fancy footwork from Luke Barnett nearly created the next points for the Bears but he was caught just short of the line but with no doubt Thomas Stanton stepped up and scored the third try for West Bank. It was another try each before the end of the quarter, and the Bears effort on the first play had Harry Nuttall driving the ball in, off loading to Thomas Stanton who ran the ball in on the left wing.
The second quarter began with fresh legs, Danyl O’Brien making a cracking run up the field and then Lewis Lawrenson running in try number five. Even with the admirable defensive efforts of Danyl O’Brien and Jacob Potter, Leyland managed to run in their fifth try. All square. Next we observed a fantastic run from Jack Egerton followed by an exceptional run by the mighty Thomas Boyes who ran in the Bears sixth try of the game. This was responded to with Leyland fighting their way through West Banks line to make it equal at six tries apiece. The talented Jack Bright and Lewis Lawrenson showed epic teamwork next as they ran the first ball of the set in. Hayden McInerney was next up and expertly off loaded to Jack Bright who took a tough tackle. A mighty team effort from Danyl O’Brien, Jacob Potter led to an off load to Jack Egerton who scored the Bears seventh try, stunning rugby. This Leyland team was a definite match for West Bank as in their next set they came back and scored their seventh try. This however, was counteracted with the fabulous Hayden McInerney, with shouts of encouragement from the touchline, running the full length of the pitch to leave the Bears in the lead at half time.
Half time score – West Bank 32 – Leyland Warriors 28
Leyland came straight back at West Bank at the start of the second half with a try, taking the ball right around the West Bank defence. This however, had repercussions as Thomas Stanton, a force to be reckoned with, ran the full length of the pitch and ran in his hat trick of tries, making a total of 9 for West Bank. With the likes of Shaun Arnold and Oliver Edge keeping up the chase and ruthless tackling from Luke Barnett, Leyland were sure not to score in their next set. This was not the case next for the Bears as we saw determined running from Harry Nuttall, Luke Barnett, Alfie Ryan and Shaun Arnold. The fifth run with the ball was down to Harry Nuttall who scored a breathtaking tenth try for West Bank. Credit where it’s due, the next try we observed was for Leyland, even with the extreme defensive pressure from Luke Barnett and Thomas Stanton, the opposition snuck in with their ninth try.
The last ten minutes of the game began with an outstanding team effort from Jack Egerton, who offloaded to Hayden who passed out wide to Jacob. This was before Danyl O’Brien took the opportunity to breakthrough the defence and get the ball down behind the line for the Bears 11th try. Leyland were a tough act and responded to this with another four points on the board after a superb defensive effort from the three J’s, Jacob Potter, Jack Egerton and Jack Bright. A good effort from Jack Bright next led to Jacob Potter making good metres after taking an interception and again the superior teamwork from Hayden McInerney, Jack Egerton led to Thomas Stanton running in West Banks twelfth try. Taking every opportunity to force the error, West Bank kept Leyland at bay next but this was not the case when West Bank took control of the ball. Exceptional running from Harry Nuttall was followed by a dream side step from Lewis Lawrenson as he took a tough tackle. Next, Shaun Arnold wove his way through the Leyland line to put try number 13 over the line for the Bears. With minutes to go and in their last set of the game, the Bears never gave up putting on a cracking performance. Harry Nuttall started the set with an amazing run; this was followed by an expert off load from Danyl O’Brien to Jack Bright. A strong run from Alfie Ryan next led to Shaun Arnold dropping the ball off to Danyl O’Brien who off loaded to Lewis Lawrenson. Due to the exceptional defence from Leyland, Danyl O’Brien was unlucky next as he was tackled on the line as he was almost over the white wash. The ball was next played to Shaun Arnold who was taking no chances as he ducked under the defensive line to score the fourteenth and final try of the game.
Man of the match – Thomas Stanton
Coach’s award – Jack Bright
Top Tackler – Thomas Stanton
Parents award – Lewis Lawrenson