Match Reports - 15th & 16th July 2017
An opening 10 minutes Blitz by Jude’s was enough to seal these two vital points in Judes quest for promotion away at Salford City Roosters and the 30-12 scoreline to Judes was gladly accepted . St Jude’s first sweeping attack was on 4 mins when Rob Collier,Rob Fenney and Paul Pendlebury who found centre Connor Parkinson with a neat flat pass for him to score,Rob Collier goaled. 2 mins later from the restart a Rob Collier kick set up field position and from the resulting scrum Rob Fenney went blind side and found his winger Baz Rothwell who shot in at the corner once again the trusty boot of Collier did the rest 12-0 to the Jude’s. The next 30 mins weren’t Jude’s best despite great efforts from Gavin Rodden, Luke Barrett, Tom Owen and Nathan Bevan as Judes line speed and tough Tackling was always enough to stop the hosts. Man of the Match Darrion Ball and Connor Parkinson were solid on defence and as always dangerous with ball in hand as was Full Back Nathan Jones who once again stood out at the back. The second half was a bit more competitive with Salford breaking Judes line on 2 occasions to score and get back in the game but Judes hit back with a great score when Rob Colliers kick from the restart was picked up by Judes and a swift attack involving Rob Collier and Rob Fenney who found strong running Gavin Rodden whose power and pace did the rest when he burst through to score wide out. Jude’s next try was scored by Prop Tom Owen who crashed over from close range off a short pass from Rob Fenney, Rob Collier slotted over the two points. The final score of the day was right on the hooter when Fenney and Collier once again put Gavin Rodden away with Daz Ball and Baz Rothwell in support as Roddens neat grubber kick through was fumbled by the Salfords panicking Full Back who had no chance against the Maroon and Gold attackers and Gavin Rodden pounced on the loose ball as he scored a try right on the final whistle.
Big game next week lads we must prepare well for this game as the top two meet in the league and to stand any chance of automatic promotion so get down to practice on Tuesday and Thursday. UTJs
Man of the Match Darrion Ball
The under 18’s gave a gallant performance as they went down by 28-18 in the BARLA National Cup Final against local rivals Thatto Heath at Featherstone
Rylands 6 -32 Judes
Our second tough game this week, were only one try has been scored against us, just shows how awesome our defence is, as it has been all season!
Thought today was going to be one of those games, we were playing some good stuff, but the bounce of the ball just went against us, we got over the line numerous times, but each time held up and just couldn’t get those points on the board. To be fair, Rylands threw everything at us and defended their line really well. Judes had to be patient and our first try finally came, when we stuck to our game plan and drove up the middle to set up Harvey to come steaming onto the ball and crash over, to score a relieving 4 pointer. Judes seemed to spring into action, but none of our balls would stick and after giving a penalty away for lifting in the tackle, Rylands made us pay, by attacking close to our line and somehow managed to crash over to score a converted try and went in the lead just before half time.
After what must have been a great team talk, Judes came out a different team. Straight from the restart, Alfie Whittle took a superb catch on his knees, jumped up and immediately surveyed his territory, pinned his ears back and went for it. Alfie only needs the smallest of gaps and he will burn you, which is what he did down the wing to score his full lengther. Judes came out determined in attack and it showed when Harvey Makin got the ball out on the 20 and just keep steam rollering his way forward, showing great strength to shake off tacklers and score. Fantastic defence pinned Rylands back and off the back of that came a superb individual effort from Ryan Wood showcasing his movement and try scoring ability to jink his way to the line. Reece Stanton had run strong all game and he found himself in space with only the 1 defender to beat. The poor lad didn’t know what hit him and Reece just handed him off and literally took him off his feet, continued his run and score a well deserved try. Harvey Makin had the final say, who wasn’t 100% today after injuring his leg in training, but still managed to show his power and determination and score an amazing hat trick. Conversions were taken by James Richardson and Callum Silcock and Judes finished a tough game in style winning 32-6.
What a great game to finish off our unbeaten season. We beat Thatto 40 points to 4 earlier in the week and backed that up today with another superb win. They say defence wins games and Judes defence has shone all season, conceding less than 100 points over the entire season and are deserved Premiership Champions. You make the coaches proud, your parents and make yourselves proud week in week out. So much admiration for these lads who put their bodies on the line every week and play with such heart and desire. Congratulations lads on all your achievements this season and let's go get that cup in October!
Today’s awards go to:
Outstanding Effort: Harvey Makin, played on 1 leg today and still managed to bag a hat trick!
Outstanding Effort: Ryan Wood, had his best game of the season, running and timing were spot on and great to see our try scoring kid again.
Man of the Match: Alfie Whittle, didn’t score his usual number of tries, not for the lack of trying, but the one he did score was an outstanding individual effort and really sparked our attack back into action.
Special mentions to James Richardson, Josh Clark and Harvey Jackson who were all massive in defence today and our
Captain Fantastic, Kalan Devine, always leads from the front and is the nicest lad you’ll ever meet who is well respected
by all the players and coaches.
Awards for Thatto game went to: Outstanding Efforts to Harvey Makin and Ben Freeman who had superb games and
Man of the Match went to our big lad Reece Stanton who is undefendable and has had an outstanding season.
Wigan St Cuthberts 24-28 Wigan St Judes
In the last match before the summer break saw us play another local derby. The games against Cuthberts are always nip and tuck. Would this be any different?
The first half saw us trade tries with Cuthberts as they opened up the scoring with Kian Stanton opening up the Cuthberts defence to show them a clean pair of heels (converted by Harry Stokes)
Cuthberts went over again to take back the lead until Deecan Snape crossed the line to even up the score (converted by Sam Young). The forwards shared out the work with Cayden, Callum D, Cody, Freddie and Harry making it tough to get through the middle of us. So at the break the game was tied at 12 a piece.
The second half was one that would work the boys as they had the hill to contend with. In the opening minutes Cuthberts caught Judes flat footed and took an early lead. Judes seemed to find just that little extra and started to move the ball which allowed Lewis, Kian, Rohan and Jimmy room to run at Cuthberts, it wasn't long before Judes converted work rate in to points with Lewis going over first (converted by Cayden) then Kian for his second. A last try for Judes from Freddie powering over the line (converted by Rohan) gave Judes a 28 - 18 lead. Then it started to take its toll on Judes and full length try from Cuhtberts leading to nail bitter but time was on Judes side this time and at the final whistle it was 24 - 28 to Judes.
It has been a funny first part of season, with players going and then coming back. A good start then a win less middle to end on winning steak. Things like this bring a club together and stronger so let's see after the break?
Well done Judes!!!
Awards this week :
Man of the match - Cody Newton
Parents Player of the Match - James Molyneux
Coaches Award - Rohan Green
Effort - Cayden Barry
Under 11’s - Golds
Wigan St Judes u11s Golds 30-28 Leigh East
The Gold's travelled to Leigh today in their final game before the summer break and their first competitive match as a team on a 4G pitch.
Judes started the game with a long kick from Austin Daniel and after a great chase we managed to contain East to just over the halfway line, putting in a great kick though, East gained some extra yards but, upon collection, fullback Austin managed a fantastic returning run popping the ball up to Mal Price who was tackled just shy of the line, Elton Paplekaj scooted the ball from hooker, pulling out to the wing before straightening up and pushing through the line and over to open up the scoring. Converted by Keegan Mobey 0-6
Some great play from East and slack defence, particularly in line speed, saw East put their big forward over just minute later. The kick just sailing under keeping the visitors in the lead 4-6
Judes pushed on from the restart and our little bullet, scrum half, Keegan Mobey, looked certain to score before being dragged to touch, the ref penalised the drag and hooker Freddie Winnard spied his chance throwing the dummy, bought by the East wingers he took the blind side and dove over in the corner, unchallenged. The kick just hitting the crossbar. 4-10
East pushed on once more and had us panicking in our own half, the kick went up but again was received with ease by ever reliable Austin, getting us out of trouble. Big Malachi Price stepped up for a run and smashed through the East line, covering the length of the pitch and going over for his first of the day. Dylan Gregory adding the two 4-16
Slow defence and not moving off saw East push forward to score again, a great kick confusing our wing just long enough for them to dive down onto the ball. Converting 10-16
The Golds hit back very quickly and fantastic hands saw the ball travel through Austin Daniel, Keegan Mobey and Jake Hare before hitting Sam Cunliffe out on the wing who collected the pass and grounded with a great dive. Lovely rugby! Elton Paplekaj adding the extras 10-22
More hanging back from the Golds saw East go over once more but, fired up by the sloppy play, Mal Price took a devastating run from the restart to cancel out East's try. Sam Cunliffe adding the two for Judes 16-28
Going try for try often shows a lacking in defence and this was definitely the case for both teams in the next ten minute spell. East scored again from the off followed by a fantastic try from Austin Daniel who crossed the field throwing dummies to his runners, Big Mal's dummy run being followed by the East defence just enough to create a gap for our twinkle toes...a couple of inches is all Austin ever really needs and he was over before they noticed him passing by. Great work. Tyler Foster adding the two
The Golds finished the first half looking much better. A great defensive set followed by more great hands saw Austin Daniel find Daniel Nanyn out wide, with great support play from Daniel and precision passing from Austin, Daniel went over, challenge free, in the corner. The kick just sailing wide saw the score at half time: 22-38 to Judes.
We spoke to the team about lack lustre defence and asked for much improvement in the second half, and that was just what we got!
East went over only once in the second with Judes finding the white wash twice more.
Freddie Winnard added Judes eighth try with quick thinking and a great dummy as he hit the line from 15 yards out, the kick just wide again and another full length from the big guy, Mal Price, to finish the day's scoring. Mal stepping up to add the two himself.
Final Score: Judes 30 Leigh 28
Although we had a bit of an off day defensively, our attack continues to amaze touchlines. Quick passing, strong running and great kicks fed by Keegan Mobey and Austin Daniel make us a force to be reckoned with against any defensive line. The Leigh coaches commenting on the shear strength of both Elton Paplekaj and Malachi Price. It was great to see much improved tackling performances from Malaki 'Paddy' Cullen, Tyler Foster and great marker play from Dylan Gregory. Sam Cunliffe, Malachi and Elton dominating the tackle count today.
It was also promising to see more of Malick Niang, taking the ball in with strength and power.
Back from holiday Joshua Webster put in some impressive big hits and Aron Fleming, as always, made his wing untouchable for the East attack.
Freddie Winnard earned two tries from more quick thinking behind the ball whilst backs, Austin and Keegan, ran the field well all day.
We have been amazed by this team, achieving so much in such a short period of time. enjoy the break lads! You deserve it!
M.O.M: Sam Cunliffe
Top Tackler: Malachi Price
Parent's Player Award: Freddie Winnard
Opponents M.O.M: Elton Paplekaj
Mal Price x 3
Freddie Winnard x 2
Under 8's - Golds