The Colts returned to competitive rugby with a nine try victory over Ormskirk West Park in the first round of the Raging Bull Colts League Senior Plate. Man of the Match Tom Leicester orchestrated the back line effectively from fly half, scoring a try of his own and putting Callum Davies in for his touchdown. Captain George Hodkinson scored a hat trick, each of the three in similar style, breaking through the opposition defence to reach the try line. Aled Williams finished the first half scoring, dodging through traffic to find his way under the posts. Alex Soltau exploited a tiny gap to sneak over for the first try of the second half. Will Gregory had to juggle and regain the ball before stepping his way through the twenty two to score. Joe Stubbs brought up the half century, with the last play of the game, wrestling the ball clear to force it down over the line. Ollie Aston slotted the conversions.
The Blues started well, almost scoring straight from the kick off, only a forward pass denying Callum the first score. Having kept the opposition pinned in their twenty two for a couple of minutes, a lineout drive from the pack tied in the defence, leaving space for George to break off the side of the maul and sprint over for the first try. Ollie’s low conversion kick had the legs to cross the bar for the extra two points. The opposition rallied and enjoyed some territory in the Blues twenty two, until a clearance kick by Tom relieved pressure up to halfway. Another penalty kick to touch from Ollie put the Blues back in the opposition twenty two. Winning the ball from the ruck, Tom’s floated pass put Callum into space, enabling him to glide over for the score. George got himself on the scoreboard again, breaking off the back of a maul thirty metres out, then sprinted to the line to score under the posts, making Ollie’s conversion a formality. The Blues then probed the opposition defence in the right hand corner of the pitch. From Harry’s pass, Tom goes for the line himself, being helped over the line by some accompanying forwards. Aled rounded off the first half scoring, coming into the line from fullback, then weaving through the opposition defence on the left, to run round under the posts for the touchdown.
With the wind against them in the second half, the Blues found it harder to convert their chances. A forward pass ruled out a score for Jacko, Charlie was held up over the line , and a dropped pass halted a promising move. Twenty minutes into the half, Will made a break in midfield, being tackled ten metres short of the line. The support was able to secure the ball and drive it further forwards. As Salty picked up the ball at the back of the ruck, a small Salty shaped hole opened up in front of him, which he dived through to score.
After a period of slick handling got the blues back into the opposition twenty two, Aled made a break then offloaded to Will, who juggled the ball, regathered it, then beat the last defender to score to the right of the posts. A five metre scrum gave George the opportunity to seal his hat trick. Picking up off the back of the scrum, George bundled himself over the line for the score. Stubbsy brought up the half century with the last play of the game. The pack were battering the opposition line with a series of pick and goes, but lost possession. Joe reacted quickly, tackling the man with the ball and wrestling it free to drop down over the line.
Team: (1) Elliot Jones (2) Rob Davies (3) Lewis Jones (4) Joe Stubbs (5) Callum Wright (6) Sam Black (7) Matt Price (8) George Hodkinson (9) Harry Grant (10) Tom Leicester (11) Mike Green (12) Callum Davies (13) Charlie Davies (14) Ollie Aston (15) Aled Williams (16) Alex Soltau (17) Will Gregory (18) George Jackson (19) Lewis Pierce (20) Doug Swallow (21) Scott Greenway
Try: George Hodkinson (8) – 3m, Conversion: Ollie Aston (14), Try: Callum Davies (12) – 15m, Try: George Hodkinson (8) – 19m, Conversion: Ollie Aston (14), Try: Tom Leicester (10) – 30m, Conversion: Ollie Aston (14), Try: Aled Williams (15) – 32m, Conversion: Ollie Aston (14)
Try: Alex Soltau (16) – 20m, Try: Will Gregory (17) – 22m, Try: George Hodkinson (8) – 28m, Try: Joe Stubbs (4) – 35m