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MV Rugby open with cup win at Oldham
9:44am Monday 2nd September 2013 in Sport
TRAFFORD MV 1st XV travelled to Oldham and opened their season with four players making their debut in the black and white shirt.
MV kicked off with the wind and Oldham centred their play around keeping the ball tight, attacking round the fringes, and crashing it up in the centres. This proved futile against an organised and committed MV defence with the Oldham players being consistently knocked back in the tackle at the ruck. Garvey and Gregg were strong in the MV centre, not allowing Oldham to break the line.
MV were more expansive in attack and they looked to use James Matthie and Jamie Kingdon on THE wings.
MV had an opportunity to open the scoring but debutant fly half Stuart Crampton struck the post and Oldham managed to clear their lines.
Another penalty allowed Crampton to slot the ball through the post to make it three nil.
MV struck again shipping the ball along the line for newcomer Ryan Miemczyk to use his footwork to scythe through and go alone and beat the last man to touch down an excellent solo effort to the right of the posts. Crampton made no mistake for MV to take MV to a 10 point lead. MV's defence was resolute and they went into half time deservedly in the lead.
The second half MV opted to kick to the corners to use the lineout which was proving successful. On the 50 minute mark Andy Quigley won a lineout and Pat Eccles passed to Crampton who delayed before sending the ball wide, winger Kingdon touched down in the corner to finish off a good team try employing MV’s attacking expansive rugby.
With the conversion missed Oldham came back at MV and fresh faces entered the fray.
Oldham finally troubled the scorers after MV gave a penalty away 10 metres from their line.
Oldham took a quick tap penalty and caught the MV defence napping and scored to the left of the posts.
The conversion was successful 7-15. This stirred Oldham into life and a few minutes later they crossed the line for the second time in the corner - this time the try wasn’t converted 12-15.
MV held their nerve and another penalty in front of the posts given away by a frustrated Oldham defence allowed Crampton to stretch the lead to 6 points.
MV then kept the ball tight to see out the game and take the win 12 - 18.
MV will be able to build on this game as the season goes on with the commitment and defence standing out - which will make MV a hard team to score against.
This weekend the 1st XV take a rest while the 2nd and 3rd XVs open their season, both at home against Chorley and Lymm respectively.
Mini/Junior rugby has also started at MV again on Sunday mornings and new players for all teams are invited to visit/contact the Club - check the club’s website for details.