Thu 10 Jan 2019 09:06

A crucial result for Firwood Waterloo who, save for Carlisle racing away at the top, are in the most competitive North One West league for a number of seasons, with just nine points separating second place Blackburn with Waterloo in tenth.

"It is the most competitive league I can remember," stated head coach Stuart Turner. " A win or a defeat can propel a club in either direction by a number of places so there is no let up from one week to the next."

Firwood Waterloo needed this win and at 40-7 plus a try bonus point it was the best possible start to the 2019 half of the campaign.

"We knew this was crucial and it was important we kicked off 2019 with a resounding win," Turner continued. "We got that and I am more than satisfied with the result especially the bonus score. We were a little 'rusty' but once we got into our stride I thought we played some good rugby especially by the pack who had the opposition under pressure right from the kick off."

Indeed Firwood Waterloo took the early lead with a try from Luke Clifford picking up at scrum half after the pack had put pressure on in the De La Salle '22'. Daragh O'Brien slotted the conversion but as the home side mounted another attack and interception 'gifted' the visitors a try under the posts, the conversion a formality to level matters at 7-7.

Firwood Waterloo hit back almost immediately as Kurt Riley forced his way over, O'Brien once more on target for 14-7 to the Blundellsands side at the interval.

The second period was all Waterloo as they squeezed every advantage out of the bottom placed club.

Jack Weare led the charge with a hat-trick, the first coming after a drive towards the line. A second followed in similar fashion with the third a typical No8 effort picking up at the back of a scrum before navigating his way over, all three converted by O'Brien.

To round off the afternoon with the backs not wishing to be out-shone a ball spun wide created the opportunity for Lee Ferrier to rack up the sixth.

"It was a good start but that is all it is," Turner admitted. "We still have a long way to go and although I can see the improvement we still have a lot of work to do and we will need to replicate performances like this afternoon week in week out if we are to continue to move up the table.

Firwood Waterloo are away at Penrith who were hammered 87-39 way to Manchester last week this coming Saturday.

"Forget that result. Any trip to Cumbria is always going to be tough but we travel with confidence and hope to come away with the win," Turner asserted.


Geoff Lightfoot  



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