Hawcoat Park 1st XV v Creighton

Hawcoat Park 87  v Creighton 12

Saturday 11th January 2020

On an horrendous wet windy cold day not fit for rugby for players and spectators alike the maroon and whites completed a comfortable victory against bottom side Creighton.A special mention however goes to the Carlisle based side for making the trip over wild Shap down to the south of the county.They deserve real credit it is not a pleasant feeling losing often heavily each week.They travelled with 15 players but injuries during the game meant they ended short handed.They declined our offer to play our replacements – a proud club well done lads.
The first 15 mins or so we’re even as the then fresh Creighton pack took the ball up well.At this point we scored our first try,with full back Benji Platt coming into the line and creating space to free up winger Alex Brown to finish well from 40 metres out.George Smith slotted over a great conversion considering the conditions.From this point trys came at regular intervals with thirteen scored in all after a half time score of 56- 5.
Creighton scored a good try in each half.In the first half their centre burst through from inside his own 22 making good ground before parting to his supporting pacey winger to score in the corner the conversion into the wind was missed.
In the second half their man of the match scrum half reacted quickly to take a quick tap from a penalty and run strongly to force his way over near the posts the conversion was good.
Despite the very difficult conditions we played some good handling rugby.Fly half George Smith was man of the match orchestrating our free flowing play throughout and collecting a hat trick of trys for himself and forming a very effective partnership with inside centre Will Coles.Creating at grass roots level what Ford and Farrell do at international level! Smith kicked an amazing 11 conversions from all over the pitch only missing two attempts which was some achievement in the conditions.
Final Score 87 – 12.
The try scorers were: G Smith 3 B Platt 2 W Coles 2 A Brown 2 H Higgins G Slater A Grainger and Alfie White.

A word also for Millom based referee Danny Shovleton who as always sensibly controlled the game.

John Horne
Hawcoat Park RU

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