Waterloo U15s 12 Hoppers U15s 42*
Sunday 28th Sept
Hoppers made the journey down to Waterloo, and, with a squad of only 17 due to injuries and availability, were expecting a sterner test than their early season training match at Burnley, and were not dissappointed.
Waterloo kicked-off and Hoppers were soon into their stride, working the ball to the right to create the overlap for Jamie to gallop down the wing to score. Jamie added a second in a similar move shortly after. Lewis then added 2 tries, first charging down a clearance kick and following it up to touch down, then running a good line to take the ball through the middle of the Waterloo defence. Hoppers then scored 2 tries on the left, Harvey setting up Agus to get over in the corner before scoring himself.
Waterloo got on the score sheet following a penalty kick that missed touch but bounced awkwardly for the Hoppers defence and the Waterloo winger won the foot race to touch down, a good conversion from out wide followed.
Waterloo started the better side in the second half catching Hoppers daydreaming to steal the ball at a ruck and make 40m before the ball carrier was brought to ground, the Waterloo support was on hand though to force the ball over. This stung Hoppers into action with tries from Lewis, Jamie, Nathan and Will. Ryan returned a kick-off all the way dancing around a number of despairing tackles while Ethan rounded of the scoring selling two dummies to race through the Waterloo defence from deep in his own half. Tom N kick well all game and landed a number of conversions.
Our thanks to Waterloo for their spirited play and hospitality, and to referee Mr Hughes from Garstang who was generous to both sides in the application of the rules before being forced off with a hamstring strain with muted sympathy from the attendant crowd.
Apologies for the shortened (and possibly inaccurate!) report this week, our normal roving reporter was covering another event and I forgot to take any notes!