Waterloo Junior colts made the trip up the M62 to Sedgley Park for a Qtr final tie in the Lancs cup.
Fortunately, we weren't thrown on the cattle field, but afforded the luxury of the first team pitch.
On to the game, and today was on paper a good result, obviously. Winning by 40+ points is a result in anyone's book. But being picky, IMHO it ever so slightly papered over a patchy performance from Loo. Don't get wrong, there were moments of individual and collective brilliance, yet interspersed with rudimentary errors in the most basic aspects of the game, certainly leaving things to work on.
But don't let me be too harsh on the boys and let us concentrate on the positive.
From the off Loo took the ascendancy and camped inside the Sedge twenty two, and following several "practice" lineouts, Loo eventually took a catch & drive for the first score. Unfortunately, I had a touch of the Rooney's, so didn't see who was at the base...sorry, insert name here............... Con missed for a 0-5 lead.
The next score has its roots on the beaches of South Africa, right Brett. Ben Skea, back to his best, attacking the line from 10, dinks over the top and collects to give an audacious back of the hand pass out for Will to trot under the posts...lovely. Danny slots the extras for 0-12.
This game however wasn't one way traffic, Sedge were having some good moments and backed this up with a very well worked try of their own minutes later. The score now 5-12 and a wake up for Loo, who it has to be said, were making hard work of simple possession...let's call it youthful exuberance.
The next Loo try had a smattering of St Andre French flair. Loo came up with the ball following Sedge pressure deep in their own twenty two, and instead of kicking, decided to run. Joe Mac received the ball and broke the line, pass to Joe Stuart who hit the gas down the right wing and over the halfway line, threw a one handed pass inside to Will who stepped one to release the instigator Joe Mac, who'd tracked the ball "Ashton like" to run in and dot down under the posts...just brilliant, dead eye Dan on hand with the two points and a good way to finish the half. HT 5-19.
The second half started the same way as the first, Loo pressure sucked Sedge in and Joe Stuart made hay, hitting the afterburners, he scorched the grass down the right wing to leave everything in his wake and a simple conversion for Dan.
Ben Skea then added to his tally either side of a Sedge forwards try.
The first saw him take a great pass from Kier in midfield and tip toe through the middle of the Sedge defence. The second a more individual effort running free, side stepping everyone in sight and in under the posts for a much deserved hat trick.
The final two trys were created by good old forward yakka. Firstly, Alfie Mutch turning a ball he had no right to, setting the back line free to do their thang...Will Lochnane on the end to round the fullback. Then a final push was everything the name suggests. A bursting break from Kier in midfield and hands to the right, set up a 5mtr ruck, three picks later and Callum drove Ben Rowan over to cap a fantastic performance, full of physical presence and attitude, well played him.
Again, this is only my opinion. Boys need to understand that games at colts level will become increasingly finite & chances spurned could be the difference between a win or defeat. Errors happen, we're human, we all make 'em, but taking contact when options are available inside the "red zone" needs a rethink. Decision making under pressure is key, setting up a score still gets as much Kudos as the scorer, sometimes more. I believe there's three or four trys left out on the pitch at park lane, next week against Warrington, they'll need finishing.
Rework the letters of "team" & they spell "mate"...let's use them boys.