Under 15s 29 Liverpool Coll U15 8
SOUTHPORT U15's win Clash of the Titans. Barry Roberts repoprts
Southport U15 returned to Lancashire Cup action on Sunday in a top-of-Pool A-decider vs. Merseyside rivals, Liverpool Collegiate - the last Lancashire team to beat the home team (in November 2014)
With no rain and little wind, the game kicked-off in perfect conditions. Southport implemented their pick & drive game straight from the kick-off; Liverpool committed repeated infringements and they eventually conceded a penalty on the 5m line, from which the home team opened their account with a crash ball, 7-0 to Southport
Southport switched off from the re-start, allowing Collegiate to unleash their impressive centre who broke the defensive line offloading in the tackle, resulting in a try in the corner, 7-5 to Southport
Liverpool now settled into a period of concerted pressure which culminated in a penalty on Southport's 22m line; anticipating a close encounter, Collegiate elected to kick the penalty which they did with aplomb, 7-8 to Collegiate
With both teams urged on by a sizeable lunchtime crowd, a mid-pitch arm wrestle ensued. Southport eventually edging it by gaining a line-out just inside Liverpool's half. The ball secured, the increasingly impressive home forwards went through several phases of pick & drive before the home No. 10 unleashed the inside centre on a perfectly chosen line for Southport's second try, 12-8 to Southport
In the run-up to half-time, the contest was played exclusively on the visitor's 5m line; only tremendous defending & poor decision-making prevented further scores. Half-time couldn't come soon enough for Liverpool
But the second-half offered little respite for Collegiate as the hosts stepped up another level and began sucking in defenders with their forward drives before allowing the backs to spread the play. Only great defence came to Collegiate's rescue time after time!
A scrum on their own 22m line eventually gave Collegiate some possession, only for Southport to win the ball against the head, which caught Liverpool flat footed and led to a try in the corner, Southport now led 17-8
Confidence now flowed through the the home team and two more tries followed, the second of which by Southport's impressive No. 8 who rode tackle after tackle through tiring defenders to crash the ball over the try line, 29:8 to Southport at full-time
Sunday's resounding victory provides Southport's U15, as the winners of Pool A, with a much-craved opportunity to progress to the Quarter Finals (and hopefully beyond!) of the Lancashire's premier Junior Section competition, the Cup. Good luck lads!