Sun 20 Jan 2019 08:52

Some poor handling errors and a lack of clarity in decision making saw Firwood Waterloo go down 27-19 away to Penrith.

Fixtures in Cumbria are notoriously difficult but after the previous Saturday's exploits at home to De La Salle, the side travelled with some confidence to at least not to return south empty handed.

"We thought we were in with a good chance of taking this one after last week but we allowed ourselves to play right into the opposition's hands and we paid the price," explained head coach Stuart Turner. "In the end we were very disappointed with the result but if you make as many mistakes as we did in crucial areas of the field you expect to be punished and that is duly what happened."

"We were under pressure right from the kick off especially at the set piece and with the wind disrupting our line out we were feeding off scraps of possession particularly in the second half," he continued. "Having said that we still had opportunities but were unable able to turn what possession we had into enough points to get some reward."

Penrith began the better and went in for two early tries but Firwood Waterloo came storming back with a try from Luke Clifford taking an exquisite off-load from Kurt Riley, Darragh O'Brien on hand with the conversion.

The visitors came again and from solid pressure and with the attack going through several phases, quick ball gave O'Brien his opportunity to scamper over before adding the conversion to give his side a 10-14 lead.

It did not last as with Penrith going over for a converted try, the Cumbrians closed the half 17-14 ahead.

Firwood Waterloo had difficulty in adjusting to the conditions in the second period and with the wind becoming a factor, Penrith went in for two further tries to afford a 27-14 lead.

However in the closing minute Firwood Waterloo with some good pick and go play in the opposition '22' got Scott Davidson over.

Firwood Waterloo had one last chance to salvage something but having received the restart managed to kick away possession.

"We had one last chance but we inexplicably kicked it away which I guess summed up our afternoon, "Turner commented.

This Saturday Firwood Waterloo are at home to Isle of Man side Douglas and just one point above the relegation zone they need every point they can get.

At the moment De La Salle and Anselmians appear to be out of it but along with Warrington, Manchester and Broughton Park separated by two points the battle is really on not to join the bottom two.

"We are certainly not where we want to be at this stage but there is still a long way to go and we are confident we will soon return to winning ways," Turner added.


Geoff Lightfoot

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