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Under 15s - Match centre

Southport RFC
Sun 7 Feb 11:00 - Friendly Full time

Southport U15's 33 Sefton U15's 5

Stepping up to the challenge. Barry Roberts reports on the U15's continuing unbeaten run..

Sundays visitors to Waterloo Road were Sefton U15. County call ups and unavailablity meant Southport U15 numbered just a starting XV and no substitutes, the contest was set be a stern test of squad strength, with several players also having to adapt to very unfamiliar positions

The game commenced at a frantic pace, with both teams securing repeated turnovers and preventing each other from gaining much ground. The stalemate was eventually broken by the hosts with a drive to the visitor's 5m line, where the usually clinical Southport team were thwarted by the powerful defence of Sefton, resulting in a scrum for the visitors on their own 22m line

Opting to play from the back, Southport exerted more and more pressure, eventually gaining another turnover. Defence became attack as the ball was moved the ball swiftly through the hands, before some fine interlinking play between the 10 & 12 resulted in an excellent try, 7-0 to Southport

Competitive rucking from the re-start by both sides prevented much clean rugby being played, but once again it was the hosts who broke the stalemate, this time from a lineout. Strong running rugby followed, which took the hosts them from one side of the pitch to the other, up to Sefton's 5m line. As the strength of the forwards drew more and more of Sefton's players to the ball, the ball itself was shifted back across the pitch at pace, with solid handling the result was inevitable, 14-0 to Southport at half-time

With the wind now at their backs, Sefton began the 2nd period with several kicks to clear their lines, alas the hosts repeatedly returned the ball with interest, instead of retaining possession. Eventually Sefton played through their forwards, with some powerful drives upto Southport's 10m line. But Southport once again quickly turned defence into attack; this time the pace and movement of the reversal created a defensive hole expertly exploited by Southport's outside centre to run in a third try, 19-0 to Southport

The re-start led to more tackling and defensive practice for Sefton as the home team camped in the visitors half, only repeated penalties and some last ditch tackles prevented further scores. Until that was, a well executed 5m scrum for the hosts resulted in a dive for the line under the posts, 26-0 to Southport

Sefton had spent most of the half on the backfoot showcasing their impressive defensive capabilities, but they now showcased their strengths in attack, driving Southport back until they powered over the try line for a well-deserved try, 26-5 to Southport

A well executed re-start gave Southport the platform to launch one last attack. With quick recycling versus a tired defence they ran in one final try, 33-5 to Southport at full-time

A great performance by Southport, who, following on from another recent win against Blackburn in similar circumstances, once again stepped up to the challenge and confirmed the strength in depth that exists in this age group. Big thanks too to Sefton, a hard-working, physical and tireless set of lads

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