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Under 8s - Match centre

Southport Rugby Football Club
Sun 8 Dec 10:00 - Friendly Full time

The "Devils" look wonderful at Waterloo

Brilliant day of Rugby at Waterloo - thanks to Richard and the 2 ref's for a great day by John Thompson

On a warm Sunday morning, the Devils turned on the style at Waterloo. A good travelling support was pleased to be sat in the sunny grandstand rather than be exposed to the windy pitches of Hall Road, where there is nothing to stop the elements off the Irish Sea except a barbed wire fence and a train at fifteen minute intervals. It was agreed that the children would play two games each, four games in total, thanks to a good turn out from each club.

Game 1 - Waterloo 9, Southport 10
There was a funny twist at the start of this match. Some hard running from Dillon Smith resulted in him taking a tumble. Woody boldly subbed in as the on field physio and a freshly patched up Dillon got up, dusted himself off and promptly ran in the opening try. This was the first of four in the first half for Dillon, punctuated by a long run in for a super score by George Harvey.

It was a bit of a stop/ start beginning to the second half with both teams demonstrating strong tackling technique. Interference from the touchline cost Dave Hignett a jug of beer in Scarborough but luckily it did not disturb a solid Southport side. A pair for George Harvey and tries from Ciaran Rimmer, Sonny Rix and Archie Morris had us all square on nine a piece.... Up step Dillon Smith to bag his fifth try & take the big win for Southport.

Game 2 - Waterloo 13, Southport 12
A free scoring game in the sunshine was bringing cheers from the crowd. Two boys scored four a piece. Lewis Fusco bagged three in the right hand corner and scored a fourth with a zig-zag (thanks for the in depth description Vinny) run to the left hand corner. Hard running through the centre resulted in tries for both Jack Hendry and Charlie Hignett in the first half. Ella Lang scored a great solo effort in the second half. Callum Bailey worked hard with lots of good tackles in an excellent all round excellent team defensive display.

Game 3 - Waterloo 11, Southport 11
Charlie Hignett got us underway with a brace of tries, the first straight up the middle and the second scored in the right hand corner. Fierce tackling from Archie Morris left him with muddy knees and the boast that he was easily the muddiest boy on the park. Ethan Owen as usual, excelled in the full back roll, took his days tally to 4 Try's over the 2 games, and as the strong Waterloo running intensified Ethan moved up off the mark to defy wave after wave of Waterloo attacks. A try by Dillon Smith down the right and an individual moment by George Harvey through the centre field to score were bookended by tries from Charlie to bring the first half to a close.

Three quick tries in succession by George Harvey got the second half off to a great start. A burrowing run to the line by Lewis Fusco then set up the inevitable completion of two five try hauls. Charlie Hignett crossed to land coach Dave his second tour fine of the day. George Harvey then rounded off with a try in the right hand corner to land himself a well deserved player of the week award.

Game 4 - Waterloo 12, Southport 13
An awesome display from Ella Lang simply blew Waterloo away. Ella graced the score card with seven tries and she and a suitably proud father Gareth were both delighted. The other two try scorers in the first half were the two Jacks: Jack Rogan and Jack Hendry. The second half saw two players - Sonny Rix and Peter Thompson - each enjoy a brace of tries.

All told it was a great morning. Huge thanks go to our hosts. The players and parents love playing against Waterloo. They are a rightly proud club and play rugby in the same style and spirit as we do. We look forward to welcoming Waterloo back on the return fixture in mid March.

Scarborough jug of beer forfeits:
Dave Hignett 2
Mike Smith 1
Rob Paxton 1
Gareth Lang 1
Rob Harvey 1
Alex Fusco 34 (Peroni's)

By John Thompson

Head Coaches Bit by Dave Hignett.
I would like to thank Richard and his team of coaches for a fantastic day. Every game was close and even at U8 the rivalry between the teams is there to see, however this rivalry is one built on friendship and excellent quality of rugby. I won't say which one - but one of the games was the best quality i have ever seen at this level, which certainly doesn't take away from 3 other fantastic games. Unfortunately the site requires scores to be put on, however i don't think there was anything between the teams today.

Waterloo - we welcome you anytime. thanks for the games.

Finally - George Harvey, fantastic performance make sure you come on tour!!!!!

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