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24
MAR

With no league games for either 1st Xv or 2nd XV last week, Southport Rugby Club’s 2nd XV played a friendly game at Waterloo Road against the students from RAF Woodvale, who only play a few games each season. Their enthusiasm was unbounded, and they were as fit as butchers’ dogs, but they lacked the co-ordination that can only come from regular play. The game was much more important than the result, because it gave the students a taste of competitive rugby, and Southport had the opportunity to try some moves that they have been practicing during training.

While England were tackling Scotland, and eventually beating them by enough points to secure second place in the RBS Six Nations Championship, Martin Bailey’s team entertained us with some exciting rugby. First Steve Hunter gave a demonstration of pace and determination to score the first try after a classic outside break and 60 meter run. This was followed by tries from Andy Boland, Karne Green and Ben Swinson, and Green converted them all to give Southport a 28-0 lead at half-time.

It was clear that the University’s backs needed quicker ball to show their paces, and Southport generously allowed Andy Boland to swap sides, and play scrumhalf for the students. This made a huge difference, and the visitors began to use the ball well to score two converted tries. Boland achieved the unlikely statistic of scoring for both sides, with Gareth Lang, Ben Swinson and Matty Astwood adding further tries for Southport.

Prior to the introduction of leagues in 1990 all club games were “friendlies”. It was good to return to those days when the scoring mattered more than the scoreline, if only for one week.

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