FT: Trafford MV Colts 66-7 Rossendale
Reporter: Wilf Dooley
On a bright but windy day on the coast at Fleetwood Trafford MV’s Senior Colts XV went into their third Final in two seasons as they faced Rossendale in the Lancashire Trophy. Trafford MV took control from the kick off with sweeping raids into Dale’s midfield.
Ross Dunleavy at full back caught everything that was thrown at him and used the wind to kick us into excellent positions.
Eventually Henry Brownlow opened Trafford’s account as he cut through their midfield after a series of sweeping back moves and coasted in. Converted by Greg Warren. After some sustained pounding of the Rossendale line Luke Cox used every inch of his frame to stretch and touch the whitewash converted again by Warren for an early 14-0 lead.
For 10 minutes MV seemed to fall foul of all marginal decisions and Rossendale had a successful spell of possession but the robust tackling and wolf pack mentality of Ethan Cornick, Tom Quealey, Connor Coogan and Tom Shillitoe repelled their efforts and finally MV got a scrum 60m out from the Rossendale line.
Scrum half Rory Canham broke down the blind side out pacing the ‘Dale cover with Cornick in support ready for the offload, Canham however broke through the last tackle to score a wonderful solo try which Warren converted 21-0. With MV now firmly in the driving seat, Simon Thornton who had terrorized his opposite wing and Muzzy Estawani who was struggling valiantly with an ankle injury made way for Leon Passley and Simon Calvert.
After more sustained pressure with MV relentless in their direct running, Joe Hambleton touched down in the right corner and just before half-time Connor Coogan used all his strength to smash over the line and score.
Both these tries were unconverted and Trafford ended the half with a deserved lead of thirty one unanswered points.
Trafford with such a big lead and so many players available rang the changes with Ryan Taylor comfortably slotting into stand-off, and putting in his trademark big tackles, Nathan May taking over the left-wing, big Jimmy Llewhold coming in and Joe Hynes joining the fray as replacement for the hustling Sam Roper.
As the second half got underway raw recruit Nathan Riley caught their kick off and three of their forwards as well but retained the ball only for MV to be mysteriously penalised. This pattern continued as MV appeared to get the wrath of the referee picking up a variety of penalties.
With so many penalties going their way Rossendale managed to break away and score their only try which was duly converted. However, this only inspired MV to respond with more bite, more venom and more delightful play. Hambleton scorched down his wing and outflanked his winger to score a Chris Ashton style try for his second.
This was followed by Nathan May actually using his hand off to good effect and smashing through on the opposite wing. Ethan Cornick, recent recipient of the MacPherson Trophy for top try scorer in the club broke through a couple of tackles, he sprinted down the right wing and eventually touched down under the posts.
This Colts side was in its element and were determined to end their junior rugby days in style. Greg Warren was effective slicing through Dale’s defence, classy Dave Cunliffe was distributing effortlessly and Luke Cox broke down the wing burning off Dale’s cover to score a 50m try.
Finally, for a perfect ending, Greg Warren, celebrating his 18th birthday, scored in the left corner selling their centre an outrageous dummy. He duly converted his own try from the acutest of angles ! With all the team contributing to a fantastic win of 66 – 7 this was a more than deserved win for a group of players who have worked hard to achieve their success in their latter seasons of junior rugby.
The Club is now keen to see how these players adapt in senior Rugby, with several already having made their 1st XV debuts this season.
Their coaching team of Pete Hunter, Mark Canham, Rob Scaife and Rob Cornick can be proud of the way this young team has taken to their task after losing their opening 5 games of Colts Rugby to bring home three pieces of silverware to Trafford MV Rugby Club in Sale.