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1st XV - Match centre

Wirral
Sandal
R Pearl, C Speed, C Harvey (2), J Annetts, R Higginson
Tries
J Annetts (6)
Conversions
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - Northern Division - North Premier Full time

Jimmy Celebrates in Style

Jimmy made it a day to remember, not only was it his birthday but he celebrated with a “man of the match” game.

James Annetts (JA) made it a day to remember not only was it his birthday but he celebrated with a “man of the match” game, a 100% kicking conversion rate but during the game he scored his 1000th point for the first team and as a result he was presented with an engraved tankard by club coach DARREN HALL and captain, Craig Harvey.
Following selection on Tuesday there was again a number of changes as JOE MURRAY was not available due to work comittments so the versatile Mike Warren was drafted into the scrum half position, JOHN HARRIS has returned to his ship so James Reeve moved off the subs bench to play wing-forward. Ryan Stead returned to the second row in place of PAUL LEWIS (injured). Making a return to the first team squad was Keith Mahon who was joined on the subs bench by Chris Hughes and Sam Broadbent.
Wirral played with the wind towards the club house in the first half. Sandal had possession of the ball for the first 8 minutes during which the Sandal No 8 made a break following a smart pass from his fly half. A kick along the ground went dead and gave Wirral the first feel of the ball and with a penalty gave them a line out 17m from the Sandal line. Controlling the ball and good inter passing left Wirral close to the line and Rob Pearl opened the scoring with a try 14m from the posts which JA converted. 7-0 (10 minutes). A further penalty gave Wirral possession 30m out, with the ball going blind and Ryan Higginson making a dash for the line only to be hauled down 4m short but with Wirral retaining pressure the ball was spun left, Craig Harvey but in a kick behind the Sandal defence however it ricocheted off a Sandal player over the line and Chris Speed was on hand to touch down, JA converted. 14-0 (15 mins).
Sandal countered with a blindside break but a foot in touch halted matters but from here they counter attacked only to put in kick which went dead. Wirral came back with James Reeve stopped 5m out when Wirral had an overlap. Three minutes later Tom Parry made a half break but unfortunately no one was up in support. Eventually the pressure told when the ball went out left and using guile and hand-offs Craig Harvey crossed and JA converted 21-0 (33 minutes). The Sandal scrum half, Will Morecambe was sin binned for an incident as Craig scored and Wirral had a penalty from the kick off.
Sandal when in possession were not making any progress against the keen tackling Wirral side and in the minute before half time, a scrum 40m saw Mike Warren go blind and the pass to James Annetts saw the latter break through the defence and then outpace the defence down the wing to score and convert his own try. Half time 28-0. At the break Keith Mahon came on for James Reeve.
Wirral started the second half in the same manner as they finished the first, with a break on 46 minutes from JA who was tackled 20m from the line but was able to pass the ball to the supporting Ryan Higginson who ran in unopposed, JA again converted. 35-0. From the kick off, Wirral dropped the ball and Sandal made good progress towards the Wirral line. A scrum 5m from the line was halted but a resultant penalty enabled second row, Declan Thompson to score and this was not converted by Greg Wood. For a period of time Wirral were not able to get out of their half. On 60 minutes, Sam Broadbent came on for Craig Harvey. Rob Pearl was sin –binned for a late tackle after the attacker had just kicked the ball downfield. Finally, Wirral put pressure on the Sandal line as they progressed from 15m out to the line: a number of thrusts were repelled and a wrong call when passing enabled the Sandal fly half, Greg Wood to intercept and run 80m before putting in a cross kick where Simon Frewin picked up and scored under the posts. 35-12- 68 minutes. Chris Hughes came on for Jack Yarker. Sandal were now sniffing a victory as they came from 20+ points in the game at Sandal last season to win the game.
Jack Townend made a break from 50m to split the Wirral defence and scored to reduce the Wirral lead to 35-19- match on. Craig Harvey returned to the affray in place of Ryan Stead with Chris Speed moving into the forwards. With 4 minutes remaining Craig Harvey made a break and ran through to score, soothing Wirral nerves and with the conversion from JA, Wirral ran out winners 42-19.
This was Wirral’s best performance of the season as more players come available and look forward to their trip in two weeks’ time at high flying Billingham. Wirral now move up to 6th in the table.
Richard McNeil

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Key moments

7:00
Try Rob Pearl scores for Wirral
7:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
15:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
15:00
Try Chris Speed scores for Wirral
33:00
Try Craig Harvey scores for Wirral
33:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
39:00
Try James Annetts scores for Wirral
39:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
46:00
Try Ryan Higginson scores for Wirral
46:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
77:00
Try Craig Harvey scores for Wirral
77:00
Conversion James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral

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Highlights

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77:00 Try 40 - 0
Craig Harvey scores for Wirral
77:00 Conversion 42 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
73:00 Sub On
Craig Harvey is substituted on for Wirral
73:00 Sub Off
Ryan Stead is substituted off for Wirral
65:00 Sub Off
Jack Yarker is substituted off for Wirral
65:00 Sub On
Chris Hughes is substituted on for Wirral
62:00 Yellow Card
Rob Pearl is yellow carded for Wirral
60:00 Sub On
Sam Broadbent is substituted on for Wirral
60:00 Sub Off
Craig Harvey is substituted off for Wirral
46:00 Conversion 30 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
46:00 Try 35 - 0
Ryan Higginson scores for Wirral
46:00 Try Assist
James Annetts makes an assist for Wirral
41:00 Sub Off
James Reeve is substituted off for Wirral
41:00 Sub On
Keith Mahon is substituted on for Wirral
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 28 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
39:00 Try 26 - 0
James Annetts scores for Wirral
39:00 Try Assist
Mike Warren makes an assist for Wirral
33:00 Conversion 21 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
33:00 Try 19 - 0
Craig Harvey scores for Wirral
15:00 Try 12 - 0
Chris Speed scores for Wirral
15:00 Try Assist
Craig Harvey makes an assist for Wirral
15:00 Conversion 14 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
7:00 Try 7 - 0
Rob Pearl scores for Wirral
7:00 Conversion 2 - 0
James Annetts kicks a conversion for Wirral
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As it happened

  • Wirral
  • Sandal
  • 0
  • Rob Pearl Try 7:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 7:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 15:00'
  • Chris Speed Try 15:00'
  • Craig Harvey Try Assist 15:00'
  • Craig Harvey Try 33:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 33:00'
  • James Annetts Try 39:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 39:00'
  • Mike Warren Try Assist 39:00'
  • James Reeve Sub Off 41:00'
  • Keith Mahon Sub On 41:00'
  • Ryan Higginson Try 46:00'
  • James Annetts Try Assist 46:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 46:00'
  • Craig Harvey Sub Off 60:00'
  • Sam Broadbent Sub On 60:00'
  • Rob Pearl Yellow Card 62:00'
  • Jack Yarker Sub Off 65:00'
  • Chris Hughes Sub On 65:00'
  • Craig Harvey Sub On 73:00'
  • Ryan Stead Sub Off 73:00'
  • Craig Harvey Try 77:00'
  • James Annetts Conversion 77:00'

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Ilkley
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59
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Ilkley 6 17
7. Rossendale 6 17
8. Wirral 6 15
9. Alnwick 6 14
10. Lymm 6 14
11. Kirkby Lonsdale 6 14
12. Kendal 6 8

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