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Under 14s - Match centre

Waterloo
Southport U14s
Tries
C Ellerton, B Hunt (2), L Hart, E Thomas (2), J Keijzer, J Lawton, J Cooper
Conversions
J Lawton (2), E Sinclair
Sun 6 Jan 11:00 - Friendly Full time

Southport Strength in Depth Overpowers Waterloo

Southport U14s take 23 players to Hall Road and demonstrate strength in depth as competition for a place in next weeks Cup match day squad heats up.

Despite a couple of notable absentees and last minute no shows, Southport were able to muster 23 players to travel the short distance to take on Waterloo U14s in a post Christmas friendly at Hall Road playing fields. Waterloo were short of a player for their starting line up so thanks to Ben Hodge, Charles Walton and Charlie Clayton for each joining the opposition for a period in the front row to ensure that we could play XV aside with competitive scrums for the majority of the match.

Southport lacked a little intensity in the opening skirmishes and Waterloo counter rucked fiercely slowing the breakdown and nearly turning over possession a couple of times. However, after 5 minutes loose head Connor Ellerton rampaged through a number of would be Waterloo tacklers and touched down to open the scoring for the visitors, albeit out of range for the conversion kick.

Southport were warming to the task now and were able to secure the majority of territory and possession with some good phased and interchange play between backs and forwards and Ben Hunt, starting as No.8, scored a fine try after a powerful run to which Jake Lawton added the extra points. But a reconfigured Southport backline continued to pass the ball well and it was Luke Hart, starting for the first time as flyhalf, who jinked through the home defence and score the final try of the first period which Edward Sinclair, equally unfamiliar with a starting berth at fullback duly converted.

Southport changes in the pack helped increase the intensity in defence and at the breakdown for the middle period of the match where both Jamie Keijzer, now at fullback and Jake Lawton on the left wing, were able to finish slick handling moves out wide between a brace from Euan Thomas now on at No.8, the second of which was converted by Lawton. However, the period closed with an excellent counter attacking try from Waterloo which justly rewarded their sterling defensive efforts.

Southport were able to rotate players again for the final period of the match but any thought that the home team was tiring was soon dispelled as Waterloo had their best period of the match which led to a pair of tries, one of which was converted, and it could have been more if it had not been for a try saving last ditch tackle for Southport by Hart. However, lock Jack Cooper was to power over to score the last try of the game for Southport before time was up.

The Southport coaches will be happy with some good performances from players pushing for Cup selection and from established players in unfamiliar positions today. Much to think about ahead of the crunch home cup tie against Blackburn next Sunday.

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Key moments

5:00
Try Connor Ellerton scores for Southport U14s
11:00
Try Ben Hunt scores for Southport U14s
12:00
Conversion Jake Lawton kicks a conversion for Southport U14s
15:00
Try Luke Hart scores for Southport U14s
15:00
Conversion Edward Sinclair kicks a conversion for Southport U14s
20:00
Try Euan Thomas scores for Southport U14s
23:00
Try Jamie Keijzer scores for Southport U14s
28:00
Try Jake Lawton scores for Southport U14s
31:00
Try Euan Thomas scores for Southport U14s
32:00
Conversion Jake Lawton kicks a conversion for Southport U14s
39:00
Try Ben Hunt scores for Southport U14s
45:00
Try Jack Cooper scores for Southport U14s

Highlights

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45:00 Try 0 - 51
Jack Cooper scores for Southport U14s
39:00 Try 0 - 46
Ben Hunt scores for Southport U14s
32:00 Conversion 0 - 41
Jake Lawton kicks a conversion for Southport U14s
31:00 Try 0 - 39
Euan Thomas scores for Southport U14s
28:00 Try 0 - 34
Jake Lawton scores for Southport U14s
End of period 1
23:00 Try 0 - 29
Jamie Keijzer scores for Southport U14s
20:00 Try 0 - 24
Euan Thomas scores for Southport U14s
15:00 Try 0 - 17
Luke Hart scores for Southport U14s
15:00 Conversion 0 - 19
Edward Sinclair kicks a conversion for Southport U14s
12:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Jake Lawton kicks a conversion for Southport U14s
11:00 Try 0 - 10
Ben Hunt scores for Southport U14s
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Connor Ellerton scores for Southport U14s
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As it happened

  • Waterloo
  • Southport U14s
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  • Connor Ellerton Try 5:00'
  • Ben Hunt Try 11:00'
  • Jake Lawton Conversion 12:00'
  • Luke Hart Try 15:00'
  • Edward Sinclair Conversion 15:00'
  • Euan Thomas Try 20:00'
  • Jamie Keijzer Try 23:00'
  • Jake Lawton Try 28:00'
  • Euan Thomas Try 31:00'
  • Jake Lawton Conversion 32:00'
  • Ben Hunt Try 39:00'
  • Jack Cooper Try 45:00'

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