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1st XV - Match centre

Wirral RUFC
Lymm
D Harvey (2), J Annetts, C Harvey (2), R Higginson, P Lewis
Full time
J Annetts (2)
J Annetts
Sat 14 Oct 14:15 - Cup

Wirral Win Through to the Final

Wirral win an encounter between much-changed sides from the league game.

Firstly apologies for no match report on the Billingham game last week but the writer was recovering from surgery.
Today was the semi- final of the Cheshire Vase against Lymm following our victory against Altrincham Kersal at the beginning of the season. Both Wirral and Lymm made a number of significant changes to their respective teams as they took the chance to rest players before the league matches recommence next week.
Wirral brought in DAN HARVEY for his first game of the season, Jason Green at hooker and Jamie Thompson on his return from South Africa. 5 substitutes are allowed but Wirral only named 4 given the shortage of players for the other senior teams. Chris Speed flew in from Dubai and was drafted in as the fourth sub. Conditions were ideal for rugby and Wirral played towards the road in the first half.
From the kick off, Lymm were put under pressure and on the third penalty, the away side suffered their first yellow card after 5 minutes. From this position Wirral put pressure on the Lymm line before a weighted cross kick from Craig Harvey to the right wing saw brother, DAN, easily collect and touch down. The conversion from the touchline by James Annetts hit the left hand side upright.
Wirral were in control and making a number of breaks but were not just finishing these off but the Lymm defence was being slowly dismantled. After being held up in the Wirral 20m area, a scrum was won and picked up by Rob Pearl, who passed onto Craig Harvey before an astute inside pass to James Annetts, who crossed 10m from the posts and the same player surprisingly missed the conversion. 10-0 (19 minutes). 5 minutes later from a similar position, Craig Harvey forced his way over the line close to the posts and was duly converted by JAMES- 17-0.
Lymm came back into the game aided by penalties and from such an attacking position, the Lymm centre was sin binned. Lymm themselves were denied a try when attacking the Wirral line the ball was stolen in the tackle and Wirral were able to clear. The home side were then camped in the Lymm 20m area, whose defence held out against a number of thrusts by the Wirral forwards, the ball came out wide and a long pass to the right wing saw DAN HARVEY dive over in the corner, the conversion was missed. 22-0 at half time.
Immediately after the break, Wirral were back on the attack and from a 10m scrum, Wirral went blind and Craig Harvey scrambled over for a try wide out, the conversion was missed. 27-0. At this stage, Wirral made a number of changes, with Steve Pendergast and Chris Tyson coming on for Jack Yarker and Tom Parry with MATT DALTON moving into the back row.
Good inter-passing saw Lymm break out from their half and the try was finished off by Rhys Jones and converted by Tom Shard. Rob Pearl came off injured to be replaced by Chris Speed. At this stage the Wirral game fell apart as they were losing balls in the tackle and trying to make that extra pass instead of controlling the ball as had been the case in the first half. Lymm took advantage of this when turning over a Wirral ball after a long kick downfield, scored a further try which was converted, 27-14 after 58 minutes. To put themselves two scores ahead, Wirral took the next penalty opportunity to score 3 points through James Annetts, 30-14 (62 minutes). Keith Mahon came on for Sam Broadbent and 5 minutes later Jamie Thompson and Steve Pendergast came off to be replaced by Tom Parry and Jack Yarker.
Wirral made the game save when Ryan Higginson from 20m out received the ball and despite having a number of defenders around him stayed on his feet and progressed through these would be tacklers to touch down under the posts, converted by James Annetts to give Wirral a 37-14 lead. The kick off was caught by Wirral who were then stripped of the ball and the Lymm forward proceeded to outpace the Wirral defence to score wide out. 37-19. Almost immediately, as Wirral took their foot off the pedal Lymm scored again to reduce the deficit to 37-26 as Lymm sought an unlikely victory. With the clock ticking over 40 minutes, Wirral were awarded a penalty and went for the 5m line out. Taken by MATT DALTON and passed onto Paul Lewis who dummied the Lymm player before crossing over the whitewash, the conversion was missed and it was not Jimmy’s day for kicking. On 47 minutes of the second half the match came to the end with Wirral looking forward to their Cup Final day in May next year against Sandbach or Birkenhead Park.
There was some good play for this Wirral team today especially in the first half but need to tighten up on ball retention in the tackle and not making that extra pass instead of taking the tackle and starting the move again.
Next week Wirral are at home to Sandal and the kick off will revert to 3.00pm until the end of October.
Richard McNeil

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Danny Harvey

Player of the Match

Danny Harvey

Key moments

6:00
Try Danny Harvey scores for Wirral RUFC
19:00
Try James Annetts scores for Wirral RUFC
24:00
Try Craig Harvey scores for Wirral RUFC
24:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral RUFC
39:00
Try Danny Harvey scores for Wirral RUFC
42:00
Try Craig Harvey scores for Wirral RUFC
65:00
Penalty James Annetts kicks a penalty for Wirral RUFC
72:00
Try Ryan Higginson scores for Wirral RUFC
72:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral RUFC
78:00
Try Paul Lewis scores for Wirral RUFC

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80:00 Player of the Match
Danny Harvey is awarded player of the match for Wirral RUFC
78:00 Missed Conversion
James Annetts misses a conversion for Wirral RUFC
78:00 Try Assist
Matty Dalton makes an assist for Wirral RUFC
78:00 Try 42 - 0
Paul Lewis scores for Wirral RUFC
72:00 Conversion 37 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral RUFC
72:00 Try 35 - 0
Ryan Higginson scores for Wirral RUFC
70:00 Sub On
Tom Parry is substituted on for Wirral RUFC
70:00 Sub Off
Steve Pendergast is substituted off for Wirral RUFC
70:00 Sub Off
Jamie Thompson is substituted off for Wirral RUFC
70:00 Sub On
Jack Yarker is substituted on for Wirral RUFC
65:00 Sub On
Keith Mahon is substituted on for Wirral RUFC
65:00 Sub Off
Sam Broadbent is substituted off for Wirral RUFC
65:00 Penalty 30 - 0
James Annetts kicks a penalty for Wirral RUFC
62:00 Sub On
Chris Speed is substituted on for Wirral RUFC
62:00 Sub Off
Rob Pearl is substituted off for Wirral RUFC
57:00 Sub Off
Jack Yarker is substituted off for Wirral RUFC
57:00 Sub On
Steve Pendergast is substituted on for Wirral RUFC
57:00 Sub On
Chris Tyson is substituted on for Wirral RUFC
57:00 Sub Off
Tom Parry is substituted off for Wirral RUFC
42:00 Missed Conversion
James Annetts misses a conversion for Wirral RUFC
42:00 Try 27 - 0
Craig Harvey scores for Wirral RUFC
End of period 1
39:00 Try 22 - 0
Danny Harvey scores for Wirral RUFC
39:00 Missed Conversion
James Annetts misses a conversion for Wirral RUFC
39:00 Try Assist
Craig Harvey makes an assist for Wirral RUFC
24:00 Try 15 - 0
Craig Harvey scores for Wirral RUFC
24:00 Conversion 17 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral RUFC
19:00 Try 10 - 0
James Annetts scores for Wirral RUFC
19:00 Try Assist
Craig Harvey makes an assist for Wirral RUFC
19:00 Missed Conversion
James Annetts misses a conversion for Wirral RUFC
6:00 Try 5 - 0
Danny Harvey scores for Wirral RUFC
6:00 Missed Conversion
James Annetts misses a conversion for Wirral RUFC
6:00 Try Assist
Craig Harvey makes an assist for Wirral RUFC
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As it happened

  • Wirral RUFC
  • Lymm
  • 0
  • Danny Harvey Try 6:00'
  • Craig Harvey Try Assist 6:00'
  • James Annetts Try 19:00'
  • Craig Harvey Try Assist 19:00'
  • Craig Harvey Try 24:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 24:00'
  • Danny Harvey Try 39:00'
  • Craig Harvey Try Assist 39:00'
  • Craig Harvey Try 42:00'
  • Jack Yarker Sub Off 57:00'
  • Steve Pendergast Sub On 57:00'
  • Tom Parry Sub Off 57:00'
  • Chris Tyson Sub On 57:00'
  • Rob Pearl Sub Off 62:00'
  • Chris Speed Sub On 62:00'
  • Keith Mahon Sub On 65:00'
  • Sam Broadbent Sub Off 65:00'
  • James Annetts Penalty 65:00'
  • Steve Pendergast Sub Off 70:00'
  • Jack Yarker Sub On 70:00'
  • Jamie Thompson Sub Off 70:00'
  • Tom Parry Sub On 70:00'
  • Ryan Higginson Try 72:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 72:00'
  • Paul Lewis Try 78:00'
  • Matty Dalton Try Assist 78:00'

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