Macc faced a strong WP side in this Cup ¼ final, Macc travelled with a strong squad of 20 players. The side was a true mixture of U17’s & U18’s players bolstered by the returning Sale Sharks Academy & Cheshire U18’s players.
Macc flew out of the blocks, great kicking by Harry King and some excellent running from the tight five made some good ground. Ben Holden, Connor Chalcroft and Marcus Pyle where really making holes in the WP defence, this lead to James Oliver forcing his way over to take the lead.
Macc kept their foot on the accelerator and some great work from Joe Heginbothem and Ross McGlone released Harry Oliver who beat 3 players and scored in the corner, Harry converted his own try. The backs were on the front foot now with Oscar Johnson and James Wilson making some excellent runs which resulted in the speedy Ben Sleath scoring after 18 phases of rugby, Harry Oliver converted.
Not to be outdone the forwards made their own try after a 25 meter rolling maul superbly controlled by Marcus Pyle who scored, Harry again converted.
WP had a mini revival with 2 of their own Cheshire players causing a few problems for the Macc defence, the Macc back row of Joe Flynn, Callum Roberts and James Oliver were able to repel anything they could throw at us. This lead to a great turnover and some speedy hands, Jack Faiers was able to put James Wilson in space who was stopped 2 meters short of the line, Ben Holden in support was able to pick up and dive over, Harry Oliver converted.
This tool the half time score to 33-0 to Macc, this was the signal to ring the changes
Alex Whylie replaced Joe Heginbotham and his cousin Tom Whylie replaced Pyle, Meredith, Droy and Hirst were introduced and this kept the tempo high, fresh legs were able to create an overlap and Logan Droy showed his pace to score in the corner.
WP responded well after some poor kicking with their Cheshire prop chipping the ball over the defence and gathered to score a superb individual try, event the Macc players applauded him !
Normal service resumed with James Wilson scoring after some great play for McGlone and King, Harry Oliver converted.
Macc then got on the wrong side of the referee and were reduced to 13 men after some interesting interpretation of the laws 75% through the game, this allowed WP to score with the final play of the game.
Interesting fact – Macc had 7 players in the squad today whose fathers had played senior rugby at Macc – who says it doesn’t run in the family !!