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Last Saturday Southport produced their best and most convincing win of the season against a Moore side that clearly does not travel well. With a new halfback pairing of Ben Swinson at scrumhalf and Steve Hunter at stand-off, we were uncertain what to expect, but both played their part well in generating pace and momentum in the backs, and making the forward feel that their efforts were being rewarded. Hunter was justly awarded the man-of-the-match champagne.

Liam McGrath was playing his first game of the season in the senior side, and his contribution was invaluable in setting the tone for the game. After fifteen minutes of relentless forward pressure from the Southport pack the ball was moved quickly to Clark Walton at outside centre and he made the half break to set up a maul on the Moore 25. No 8 Gareth Lang came away with the ball, and, with the Moore defence floundering, he moved the ball to McGrath on the right wing. His pace was too much for any cover, and he crossed in the corner for a fine try.

Ten minutes later from a maul on the right, Hunter took the ball to the blind side and fed McGrath with an excellent pass at pace. The winger shrugged off two tackles to score again in the corner.

Karne Green, Southports left winger kicked a penalty goal, and as the first half closed Hunter accelerated through a gap to score the third try. Greens conversion took the score line to 20-0 at half-time.

In the second half Southport faced a strong wind, but they were able to control so much of the game that Moore were not able to use it to their advantage. George Baumber and Gareth Lang secured plenty of possession from the line-outs, and this was enough for Southport to continue their forward momentum.

Hunter raced in for his second try after Lang crossed the gain line with another driving run. Any efforts by Moore to break away were quickly snuffed out by some devastating tackling from flankers Dave Gairn and Janus Lamprecht, and good turn-over ball can be the most useful. Clark Walton latched onto a quick pass from such a breakdown, and he collected his fourth try of the season. Now Southport were totally dominated, and confident to use the wide open spaces of the Waterloo Road ground, which is now in superb condition for running rugby. The best move of the game looked like a certain try for Green, but to the surprise of the referee, the touch judge had rightly kept his flag up, indicating that a player had been in touch on the halfway line.

However, Green did finish with a try after Dave Gairn had made an excellent thrust through the middle of the Moore defence, and then linked well with the supporting forwards and backs.

So all six tries were scored by the backs, an indication that Southport are now playing the sort of expansive rugby that thrills the crowds, and makes the whole club buzz with enthusiasm.

All of Southports seniors sides won at weekend, with the 2nd Xv victorious by 12-11 against Moore II, the 3rd XV beat Caldy 17-10 and the Under 17s thrashed Tyldesley 37-19.

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