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10
MAR

Southports 1st Xv came alive in the second half of this game, and made a match of what appeared to be a rout at half-time. With two fine tries in the second half Southport, captained by Colin Toohey, outplayed the home side and caused them to panic into mistakes that had not been apparent in the first half.

Anselmians clearly had a set of backs that can cause problems to any defence. Simon Mason, a former Irish International now in the twilight of his playing career, has returned this season to the Wirral to play for the club that gave him a start in senior rugby. He was the general at stand-off, and given plenty of space by Martin Ludiman at scrumhalf, he showed his class with passes to his centres that always gave them a chance to make ground. Playing down the slope in the first half, Anselmians produced some excellent flowing rugby. Anthony Quayle at full back joined the line regularly to cause problems for Southports drift defence, and it was not long before left winger Ian Buttery ran in for the first try. Some ill-discipline gave Mason two penalty goals, which he converted with ease. Then tries by Ludiman and Quayle took the score to 27-0 at half-time.

Southports pack is normally their strength, and this began to show in the second half. Props Toohey and Matt Purnell began to secure good possession in the scrums, and George Baumber took plenty of good line-out ball. This increasing momentum gave No8 Nick Fellows the chance to take the game to the opposition, and he found their defence close to the scrum somewhat fragile. Against the run of play, Anselmians scored the first try in the second half, when their right winger Nick McHugh raced in, but that was the end of their afternoons scoring. Ben Swinson at stand-off for Southport slotted a good drop goal to put his on the scoreboard, and from then on he showed that Mason was not the only versatile stand-off on the pitch. He began to move the ball well, and asked questions of the Anselmians defence with well placed kicks as well as smooth passes. One excellent pass to Clark Walton allowed the burly centre to find a gap between two defenders, and he drove over the line for his fourth try of the season. Swinson converted this, and the supply of quick ball from the forwards continued until the end of the game. With ten minutes to go Swinson decided it was time for him to take on the opposition at close quarters, and he also found a gap on the blindside of a maul following a quick pass from Andy Boland, and raced in for a try which he converted. Southport can take heart for the second half scoreline of 17-3 in their favour, but now they have some equally tough games in the remainder of the season, starting with Ruskin Park at home next week.

The 2nd Xv had a great win over Moore II by 39-0 at Waterloo Road last Saturday. Jack Wardale, who had not scored a single try for Southport as a senior, crashed over for two in this one-sided game. Other tries were by Graham Riley, Jed Courtney, Joe Mawdesley, Liam McGrath and Steve Hunter, who also kick one conversion. Dave Oliver slotted the other conversion kick.

Gordon Jackson

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