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Southport can have no one to blame but themselves for allowing a 22 points to 8 lead slip through their fingers. Taking nothing away from a young enthusiastic Collegiate side, the home team should have secured the points. Coach John Porter was less than pleased with the teams performance as yet again the team faded in the second half. Once again our indiscipline let us down. We talked before hand how we would play but certain individuals failed to comply. The result of that is the loss of two valuable points

The home team started well, although Collegiate did take an early lead from a penalty. Southport had to repel some strong attacks from the visitors but once they had got into their stride they began to dominate up front and secured territorial advantage. The home forwards domination proved to be too much for the visitors and after a prolonged period of pressure Swinson scored a fine try under the posts. Swinson also added the conversion.

The home side were making far too many errors and it was no surprise when Collegiate took the lead when an overlap created on the right wing provided the visiting winger a run in at the corner. The conversion attempt failed but Southport found themselves behind after dominating possession. This superiority however did prove fruitful once again when a spell of concerted pressure on the visitors line resulted in a flowing backs move finished of by a superb run from Hunter. Southport kept up the pressure and it was no surprise when Roberts made a half break inside the visitors twenty metre line which Lang finished off with a try close to the posts. Swinson converted. This lead should have been extended when Lamprecht made a break only to decide to go for the line himself with Walton in support, resulting in a certain try being lost.

Southport turned round at half time with a comfortable 19 points to 8 lead, and at this point were good value for their advantage. The early pointers in the second half were also positive with Swinson adding a penalty goal shortly after the interval to extend the lead to 22 8. At this point the visitors produced a determined rally and slowly but surely clawed themselves back into the game. Their endeavours should have been thwarted though, when, on the hour mark Wallace broke clean through the visiting defence. With only the full back to beat he was unable to feed the supporting Steve Hunter, who would have undoubtedly scored the try that would have killed off the Collegiate team. At this point the tide turned and Collegiate scored a well worked try from their forwards, followed by a penalty as Southport lost control of the game. At 22 points to 16 the visitors were now gaining a foothold in the Southport 22 metre area and the pressure told when two minutes from time the left winger scored a well worked try and the conversion left Southport a point behind at 22 23. Into injury time and Southport were on the attack, but another basic error allowed the visiting right winger to run 75 metres to complete the scoring, with Collegiate running out winners by 30 points to 22.

Coach Porter concluded by adding We must play as a team and not as fifteen individuals. We manage to do this for part of a game but not for the full 80 minutes. We have been fortunate today as results have gone for us and we remain joint top of the league, but we must learn a lesson from today and learn it quickly.

G.Jackson

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